Remove Write Protection On USB Pen Drive or Memory Card or iPod

by Rohit Khurana on December 21, 2008



In the past we had received so many problems from the readers who have a problem in copying files on their USB portable devices like pen drives, memory card and iPod etc.


According to the mails we had received about this problem, people have seen the following errors when their thumbs drives, memory card etc becomes write protected.

  • Cannot copy files and folders, drive is write protected
  • Cannot format the drive, drive is write protected
  • The disk is write protected
  • Remove write protection or use another disk
  • Media is write protected

Some times people say that suddenly their drive become write protected and they are not able to delete any files and folder on the drive and also not able to copy new files and folder to USB portable drive.

Let’s see how can you remove write protection on your portable devices like pen drives, memory cards, iPod and other USB mass storage devices.


Write Protection on any portable USB Device can be applied by the physical lock provided on the card adjuster or some times provided on the pen drives, so make sure to make your drive not write protected by moving the lock in right direction.

But even after moving the physical lock for write protection the problem can happen due to some virus action. This happens when some virus or script which applies the registry hack to make any drive write protect when connected to the computer, In that case follow the procedure below to remove write protection from your pen drive.

1. Open Start Menu >> Run, type regedit and press Enter, this will open the registry editor.

2. Navigate to the following path:



Note: If the registry key StorageDevicePolicies key does not exist, you will need to create it

Download this batch file called add.bat from here, and double click after download the key will be automatically added to registry.



3. Double click the key WriteProtect in the right pane and set the value to 0 in the Value Data Box and press OK button


4. Exit Registry, restart your computer and then again re-connect your USB pen drive on your computer. That is it, done.

In case you still find an issue, please leave a comment below.


Updated on 28th May 2009

After a lot of user comments telling that the above method does not work for them, we tell you another method which you can follow to solve the “Pen Drive is Write Protected” problem.

If the above method does not work for you, follow the below steps:

1. Copy all the important data from this drive to your computer because this method will format the drive and erase all the data on the pen drive.

2. Now download the Apacer Formatting Utility, Unzip this utility to a folder on your hard disk, preferably on a folder on desktop screen for easy access (Do Not Try To Save it on pen drive). Keep your pen drive plugged in, and double click on the Start.bat file in the folder where you unzipped the above utility. This will start formatting your pen drive, wait till the formatting completes and the LED on your pen drive stops blinking. Remove your pen drive after than and plug it in again.

The above two steps will solve the problem. If you still face the problem, follow the below steps:

1. Goto Start > Run, type cmd and press enter, this will open command prompt.

2. Type the following command on the command prompt replacing X with the drive letter of your pen drive.


The above two methods will help you fix the problem.

Note: For all those who are out of luck in fixing the problem with their portable drives, I would suggest you to get your drives checked or replaced by the manufacturer to fix it for you

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Deyaa Addeen Fahmy Shedeed December 22, 2008 at 5:30 am

There is no StorageDevicePolicies key.
Do I create it ? and then create subkey named WriteProtect ?
Waiting your reply .
thanks alots.

abhishek December 22, 2008 at 7:16 am

@Deyaa Addeen Fahmy Shedeed – Yes, if it does not exist you will need to create it, I have updated the article also on how can you create it simply. read the step 2 again

thanks for pointing out. :)

Rikas December 23, 2008 at 11:44 am

I could not find write protecter in right side pane. still i have the problem.please help!

Simrandeep Singh December 24, 2008 at 5:30 am

I’ve downloaded the batch file and added to registry and set the value to 0 also but problem is still not solved. My pen drive don’t have any write protection button, still it is showing this error.

sajith December 25, 2008 at 6:53 am

thanx…. so very… much….

princess January 1, 2009 at 2:16 pm

ok im haveing trouble with step 2 i add it and its not working or opening for me plz help

Badri January 2, 2009 at 12:16 am

After following your procedure, i am still facing this problem. Plz Help.

Misschiff January 2, 2009 at 12:17 pm

I have done this procedure too and it has had no effect. I also modified the other control sets ie Control Set 1 Control Set 2 etc so that all backups were modified using the same criteria. Still not working.

I was able to add files for a few seconds at one point (before) editing the registry) and then it stopped. In fact this worked effortlessly on the first computer I plugged it in to, but not on the second computer. I figured it was computer specific and a windows bug or something.

I would really love to know the solution

Randy January 3, 2009 at 11:42 am

Is there another step for Vista? Tried but the key is not being added…

Mark January 4, 2009 at 8:10 am

Hi, I was having this problem with an 8GB SDHC card, the tab was in the UNLOCK position, but it never sat quite right in the card reader (when fully inserted it was at a bit of an angle), and today it decided to give me WRITE-PROTECT errors when trying to delete some files.
So the options were either buying a new card reader or cracking open this one for a ‘mechanical’ fix.
Luckily I found your page here. It made sense that there would be a way to disable the lock/unlock check in RegEdit.
So your method worked for me, using my SDHCcard, card reader with a bad write-protection detection switch, and WinXP SP2.
Just thought I’d add this comment after seeing so many comments on it not working out for them.

vishal January 5, 2009 at 11:48 pm

Oh i m very glad that i found solution from you and i will try it………
Thank you very very much……..

fernando January 7, 2009 at 11:08 pm

I have a problem. is the same nothing has changed after I did the whole procedure step by step and I rechecked and the value is still at 0 so does not look like that has anything to do with the write protection on the pen drive. I think this needs a very strong anti virus or a program made for this kind of virus that can find it and destroy it because I see the files but I cant delete them and my anti virus cant do anything to it.

sreekanth January 8, 2009 at 4:17 am

pen drive icon does not shows in my pc

Prateek H January 9, 2009 at 11:33 am

Thanx a lot! Ur solution did work. It saved ma life!

Jhay January 11, 2009 at 10:41 am

Click this link below to find out how i fixed mine.

shafeeq January 12, 2009 at 10:50 pm

Thanks Rohit,
I tried your solution and restarted my PC to load the changes. But still the problem is not solved. It still says that “Access is Denied.” when i create a file. Is there any Registry Cache or System Cache which i am missing to delete?

I even tried re-installing the USB Driver and removed
INFCACHE.1 from C:\WINDOWS\inf folder. usbstor.pnf file is loading properly and is having current date as last modified date.

Previously it worked by deleting usbstor.inf.diabled and usbstor.pnf.disabled from windows/inf folder. I copied latest usbstor.inf file from c:\i386

Note:There is no Physical Write Protect key for my Pen Drive.

jack January 13, 2009 at 1:36 am

still have the same problem how to do????????????? pls let me knw…. thkx

matt January 13, 2009 at 7:45 pm

ok this happen to me when i install deep freeze.. when im installing deep freeze i forgot to remove my pen drive that time…. when im deleting file in my pen drive its always telling me an write protected…. any idea how to remove this error

nalin January 15, 2009 at 3:06 am

i do that but i cant format my 2gb kingston pen it always say write protected

mahesh January 19, 2009 at 2:18 am

i have a problem. is the same nothing has changed after I did the whole procedure step by step and I rechecked and the value is still at 0 so does not look like that has anything to do with the write protection on the pen drive. I think this needs a very strong anti virus or a program made for this kind of virus that can find it and destroy it because I see the files but I cant delete them and my anti virus cant do anything to it. pls send reply as early as possible.. my 3 pendrives are like these same problem.

sushma January 24, 2009 at 6:17 am

hi i tried out ur method but its not working
no button for my pen drive another pendrive is opening in my system but one is not opening pls tell me the solution

anu January 28, 2009 at 12:06 pm

i followed ur procedure.but not able to see storage device policies even after installing bat there any other procedure for vista?

nwad January 30, 2009 at 5:04 am

you know what it seems that deep freeze was the start of all my problems with my computer…i really hate it…now i have a problem regarding my flash drive, not able to delete some files…how do i solve this?im really irritated already…i need help asap…tnx!

Hamza February 7, 2009 at 10:26 am

i am having trouble with step 2. i can’t get StorageDevicePolicies key. everytime i press it nothing happens. please help. Answer soon.

user February 8, 2009 at 9:00 pm

my flashdrive recently (dont ask how i have no clue) went from fat32 to raw i tried to reformat in device manager….no luck i tried your advice but its still saying that its write protected so i went back and double checked the values in the reg and the changes did hold but it didnt change or remove the write protection im at a loss…any1?i dont care about whats on the drive i just want to be able to use it again plz help!!!

Carlos Lovizzaro February 9, 2009 at 7:01 pm

I tried your solution and it does not work.
My iPOD classic 80 gb can go to disk mode but iTunes can not restore it. It seems ok when restoring but iPOD does not come back after iTunes finishes the restore proceedure. The disk start and start and start but not run with the Apple logo stuck on the screen.
And HP Format Tool only shows dvice media write-protected.
Windows does not see the hard drive.
May be you have a another solution.
I will be glad if you have one.

ann February 18, 2009 at 8:53 pm

hi..when i downladed the add.bat nothing happened to the registry editor…do i have to restart the computer so it would apply?

ann February 18, 2009 at 8:57 pm

hi..when i downloaded the add.bat nothing happened to the registry editor it didn’t apply…plz help..

raghuvaran February 20, 2009 at 12:02 am

no storage device policy in my sysrem how to create and also the write protection

GenobZ February 20, 2009 at 6:45 am

Thnx a ton!!
i was looking for this 4m so long..
my external hard disk was locked…
do these kind of things only happen by virus?

eyez_kills February 24, 2009 at 11:22 pm

I tried it but it was only good once. When I used it again the usb won’t work anymore. It remains write-protected even though I changed the value 1 into 0. What am I gonna do?

Please help…


eyez_kills February 24, 2009 at 11:30 pm

when i scanned my usb it has this RECYCLER thing that is so difficult to delete.

Kunal February 25, 2009 at 2:05 am

Hey dude,

You are the MAN. You actually help me to fix my issue with IPOD. Damn I was pissed off for last 1 month. Everytime I had tried to synchronized my IPOD to my system Itune it failed with write protection with error message 1429.

I looked around to fix the issue on MAC forum but all the solution provided there was of no use.

Then I though the error message is all about my IPOD is stopping me from writing anything on the device and hence I reached for how to remove write protection from IPOD and I have found your link.

I just run your BAT file and then edit the DWORD value as per your instruction. Then I re-connected my IPOD and it get re-formated without any hitch.

Thanks a lot for sharing such beautiful information.

You are the MAN of moments :)



Note : Guys if you don’t able to utilize the information then I will recomended you to learn about registry by googling it.

The thread creator has tried his best through the forum. Its on us to have some background knowledge to fully utilized all the information mention here.

amol gangane March 5, 2009 at 7:17 am

good job thanks alot !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

waseed shakir March 5, 2009 at 1:25 pm

hi i have done all the above procedure,but my usb still not formating
the message is “disk is write protected”
and other message is “formatting not completed”
plz solve my problem

Abhinav Arya March 6, 2009 at 9:39 am

I’ve downloaded the batch file and added to registry and set the value to 0 also but problem is still not solved. My pen drive don’t have any write protection button, still it is showing this error.

manoj March 7, 2009 at 10:14 pm

pen drive 32 gb , when i am writing data on it in the middle of the process a message writing is not possible .the drive is write protected. i have tried it to format but there is also the same message. pls suggest me .

ead March 14, 2009 at 11:22 am

I did everything and its still not working. My device doesn’t have a physical switch. I’ve tried to use DOS to “convert” and “format” and I get error messages. “device not ready, check that door isn’t open” I get a message something like that when I try to “convert” and when I try to “format” I get an error message that the second ntfs boot sector is unwriteable.. I tried to scan it for virus’s.. scan disk.. i am at a loss. how do i format this puppy into NTFS??? When I try to us HP disk converter it says that the drive is write protected. I’ve done everything on this web site. HELP

carl March 20, 2009 at 1:59 am

i did that, but still same problem occur…pls help. thanks…

io March 29, 2009 at 8:29 pm

I managed to follow everything but the “write-protected” message still kept on showing. Help? my usb is a transcend JF V30/2GB. Thanks

praveen April 6, 2009 at 5:07 am

my problem is solved thank u.

vivek April 9, 2009 at 1:14 am

I did everything and its still not problem is The disk is write protected. Remove the write protection or use another disk.

diane April 13, 2009 at 12:11 pm

My problem is solved
too! Thankz! godbLess!♥

prateek April 15, 2009 at 7:29 pm

thanks it worked in one go well done

anusha April 27, 2009 at 9:39 am

Thank you soooooooooooo much!!!I thought my mmc was gone for good,your tips really helped

John May 2, 2009 at 5:53 pm

i still cant solve the problem of write protection on my transcend 8gb pendrive.
how to fix?

eduardo May 2, 2009 at 6:50 pm

i did everithing you said, but still did not work, thanks any way.

aadil May 13, 2009 at 9:42 pm

i am still having a problem because registery function is not avalable in start menu

Sriman May 14, 2009 at 9:50 am

i done the same process, but i am unable to disable the write protection.

it is giving the error like ,


What can i do , i am using transcand 8 gb pen drive ,

Kindly provide more information to me ….

sagar May 20, 2009 at 9:29 am

i tried the above steps correctly but my pendrive is still like that only …..
mine is 8Gb pendrive and it allows to copy upto 1.81Gb data after that it shows that your pendrive is write protected…
Please help me to solve this problem..

vijay May 24, 2009 at 9:06 pm

hai ,

its very dificult to remove the write protect on pen drive even after the did the all steps. still its shows the error
any one can help me. thanxs in advance

faisal May 26, 2009 at 9:48 am

I’ve downloaded the batch file and added to registry and set the value to 0 also but problem is still not solved. My pen drive don’t have any write protection button, still it is showing this error.

Shalini June 1, 2009 at 5:25 am

I’ve downloaded the batch file and added to registry and set the value to 0 also but problem is still not solved. unable to write any of the usb drive.

HiTmAn23 June 16, 2009 at 2:00 pm


Ken Du June 20, 2009 at 11:54 am

Thank you for ur post, but i still get trouble after trying both methods. First, My USB got “write protection” fault, after solving, it turned out to be “plz insert disk” and i cannot access my USB. :(( :((. Plz help me!!!

AuGuS June 24, 2009 at 8:06 am

I tried all the above said methods..
but no improvement..
can any one solve my problem…
plz help……..

Vipin June 26, 2009 at 4:33 am worked ..thanks alot dude..n ya one more thing ..restrt aint compulsory …newyz…thanks aton..

marx June 29, 2009 at 5:29 am

Hi bro. Thank you so much. It worked. Excellent! Keep it up..

AmRolMuStaFa July 5, 2009 at 10:48 am

very very nice…

original ;)

thx alot..:)

Qasim July 14, 2009 at 1:46 am

i have tried evry thing bt the problem is same i can’t copy or format my
4 GB Kingston drive. When it is plug in the error comes
” The disk can not be written to because it is write protected. Please remove the write protection from the volume in drive\Device\Harddisk1\DR13

plz help me out

S.M.SuniL July 14, 2009 at 2:56 am

ITz working for me ….thx a lot dude…..

lucky July 17, 2009 at 4:22 am

thanks bro for help me in remove write protection error of my pen drive …….lot of thanks onece again

Rohit Verma July 21, 2009 at 2:20 pm

Thanks : )

It saved my GBs of data.

tarzanbappa July 25, 2009 at 11:21 am

This was a very useful option.
***************It works*******

vinay KS July 28, 2009 at 1:08 am

I have a similar problem with a transcend 2GB pendrive which suddenly has become in accessible just as the discussion in here goes.I tried everything you said and on the internet.
I even downloaded the format utility from neither ur suggested apache format utility is detecting the drive..though windows does. Moreover the drive can be formatted in safemode so the pendrive is definitely undamaged right… and I have changed the registry values aswell.
Please help me reincarnate my pendrive by suggesting a working solution. Is there any antivirus which can remove the virus from the pendrive?

Thankyou.. :)

Himanshu July 30, 2009 at 10:26 am

i have tried all you given tricks

but it’s useless i have Transcend 8GB

pendrive please reply me soon…..

HARDIK July 31, 2009 at 2:56 am

hello sir i tried both the methods but none of them is working with my pen drive its still say pen drive is write protected.please help me.

kartik July 31, 2009 at 10:55 am

buddy still i m having same problem while i had used both process

Blitz August 15, 2009 at 7:08 am

OMG i did all your methods and it still says write protected. It’s a mini sd card in a usd card.

Gampo_PR August 15, 2009 at 7:40 am

i did all you said and this bullshit is having the same fucking problem :(

csemohan August 20, 2009 at 11:30 am

thank u very much……………..
it is helpful to meeeeeeeeeeee

Vipul August 24, 2009 at 11:04 pm

thanks buddy..!!!

rahul August 27, 2009 at 10:36 pm

tanx dude a lot,u saved my usb.

afreen September 1, 2009 at 10:31 am

my ipod has 1 gb memory but its feeding upto only 120mb as am trying to feed more than tat its gving error that the disk is write protected. plzz gv me the solution for that….

Amna Khan September 7, 2009 at 7:28 am

i brought a 2GB MicroSD card with its adaptor, when i inserted the card into the phone and tried to open the files in it, it said “Error, Try Again”. so i put it in the adaptor and inserted into my digital camera and formatted it. after that it was taking pictures but after i’d imported the pictures from the memory card and i tried deleting them off it it said “Memory card write-protected, Remove write-protection or use another disk”. so its letting me take pictures but it won’t open in my phone and it won’t let me transfer any wallpapers, music or ring tones to itself! help me what shall i do! reply quickly please!

Pakhi September 13, 2009 at 7:37 am

This is awesome. I just read it and then got the help instantly. Nice job trouble fixers.

Naveen Chauhan September 13, 2009 at 12:40 am

I’ve downloaded the batch file and added to registry and set the value to 0 also but problem is still not solved. My memory card don’t have any write protection button, still it is showing this error.pls give any other solution and any other software is there for this porblem.

vikas September 15, 2009 at 2:07 am

still i have problem of write protected.
I have done all of the above procedure which you suggest

A September 25, 2009 at 3:04 am

Thaaaaaaaaaanks lot…………………………..

lol September 29, 2009 at 3:54 pm

Tyhank you! You fixed my head-ache

mohamed mosalem October 10, 2009 at 11:49 am

thank you very very very much my flash return again and i cant thank you

Nikhil October 14, 2009 at 12:36 am




Sree Harish October 14, 2009 at 11:48 am


I tried all above and still facing the issue and my memory card still gives me an error message “The disk is write protected…….”. Please advice as i am finding it tough


Glory October 15, 2009 at 11:48 am

Your hints were awesome. My memory card started working immediately. Thanks

David F October 28, 2009 at 10:10 am

I was having trouble with formatting an 8gb sdhc micro card, I ended up using this program and it worked like a charm:

good luck!

Kshitij Mody November 1, 2009 at 10:01 pm

Doesn’t work guys :(

gaban November 3, 2009 at 8:56 pm

hai…thank u very much for the solution about write protected remover….thank a lot…yeah!!!

World wide SEO November 12, 2009 at 10:12 am

I have problem with 32 GB Kingston Pen Drive. I’ve downloaded the batch file and added to registry and set the value to 0 also but problem is still not solved. My pen drive don’t have any write protection button, still it is showing this error.

robert November 17, 2009 at 9:25 am

plz use the transcend ‘OnLineRecovery.exe’ and it worked for me…

Rajasekar November 19, 2009 at 2:36 am

hi to all, to remove any problems like “write protection”,”low disk space” in any pendrive.

insert ur pendrive, if u have any MAC operating system,just insert into DVD drive then restart,then
-press f8 then
-type ” -v -voodoo”
-then black screen ll go for some times
-click to continue
- in the next window click UTILITY from menu bar then click on disk utility
-then choose ur pendrive in explorer left side
-then click on erase
-format in “journeld-extended”
-again format in FAT
be sure u have put legacy usb:”disabled”.

MAC ll change file allocation come into windows check ur pendrive.

aerozord November 20, 2009 at 12:17 am

thanx a lot! its works in my pc…thank you!

Shiv Kissh November 20, 2009 at 3:15 am

Thanks for Your Solution,

Its working Perfectly…..Is it Creates any problem in future?

huikong November 20, 2009 at 6:45 am

My micro SD still cannot used using d above method

huikong November 20, 2009 at 7:08 am

There is a write-protection tab on the sd card HOLDER. Every time you insert this into your PC or card holder, this tab slides to the write protect position. Either keep resetting, inserting & reinserting until it doesn’t slide or tape it down.
My problem solve finally
just becos the button

AHMED November 25, 2009 at 8:09 am

thank you for your advice.
I followed the first steps in the registry and it worked.
again thank you.

Kunal November 26, 2009 at 9:34 am

Hey Man….

The last method CHKDSK :X /F worked when I was almost exhausted with the patience.

Thanks man… you are the best… May GOD bless you with all your wishes… :)

Best Regards
Kunal Zope.

mamoun December 1, 2009 at 6:56 pm

I’m facing this problem, the strange thing is, i can copy some files but then let’s say after 4% of the copying job, it stops and says about the write protection issue!

I’ve tried the chkdsk operation, and i got the following error:

The disk cannot be written to because it is write protected. Pelase remove the write protection from the volume in drive

when I tried to format the pen drive using the Apacer Formatting tool provided by you. I got this error:

Device Not Found/n
Press any key to continue . . .
My pendrive is 16 GB brand “pqi”

I really hope it’s back alive.

Ashok December 2, 2009 at 3:32 pm

Thanks a Lottttttttttttttttttttt.

3rd method(CHKDSK) is working fine

Ruchi December 5, 2009 at 8:17 am

Thank you very much man!!! It did the trick! Amaizing, I tried different methods at the end this is the only method which worked. Thanks buddy!

sara December 13, 2009 at 12:42 pm

thanks a lot brainy;) solution works 200%
again thanks!

Jalwak December 13, 2009 at 4:29 pm

i do all the steps, and when i try to do chkdsk it say that: the type of the file system is RAW. CHDDSK is not available for the RAW drive

manuvendran December 13, 2009 at 8:52 pm

Hello everyone,

I am using Nokia N72 (Memory Card: 1GB MMC). I am using USB card reader to transfer any file to/from MMC (Windows Platform: Windows XP). But one day some problem occurred, it started showing error message that the memory card is write protected. I checked in my mobile, whether any password protection was made. But there was no such password protection. I tried to format it from PC, again it failed. Then I tried to format it with mobile itself, which worked. But still I am not able to copy to/from MMC and getting message that “Cannot copy (file name): The disk is write-protected. Remove the write-protection or use another disk.”

Please help me on this. Pls…………………………

punit December 17, 2009 at 11:22 pm

i couln get the storage device policy n wen i added it write protect was not der??
plz help..
m not able to do it in the 2nd way also

kalyan December 20, 2009 at 4:11 pm

Thnx a lot!!

lei December 26, 2009 at 12:54 am

thanks for providing the solution

But it is not working on mine. I am using microSD for my digital camera. I use cable to attach to my laptop because i do not have card reader.

I followed ur steps, but.. ;__; it is jz not working. I do not know what happen on it. Even though i tried on the “APACER” is not even formatting it. So.. i got no idea what had went wrong.

Any idea? D:

Gerrard December 26, 2009 at 4:01 am

Thank a lot too.

David December 27, 2009 at 8:46 am

None of these methods worked, and when I tried the “CHKDSK X: /F” method, I got the message “Windows cannot run disk checking on this volume because it is write protected”

Yes, Windows, I know. That’s why I’m doing this.

Can anyone help!?

raheel khan December 29, 2009 at 12:53 pm

Thanks so very much. I was having write protection problem and by following this procedure Alhamdulillah the problem is fixed.

if any one have this problem please try this procedure once. Inshallah you will get the results.

Thanks bro…!

Manjula Alahakoon January 5, 2010 at 7:06 am

Hi every one,
i got the solution for this, download “fat32format.exe”
and cope it in to C: drive, then run cmd type comande

fat32format.exe X: (X is your pendrive leter)

good luck

promod January 7, 2010 at 5:37 pm

cant fix flash drive from error

amit January 7, 2010 at 7:19 pm

my 4gb kingston pendrive become write protected plz help me how can i solve my problem……
i hope u wil solve my problem………..

anwar January 8, 2010 at 9:49 pm

Hello everyone,
I am using Nokia 6630/3230/n73 (3 Memory Card: 1GB MMC). I am using USB card reader to transfer any file to/from MMC (Windows Platform: Windows XP). But one day some problem occurred, it started showing error message that the memory card is write protected. I checked in my mobile, whether any password protection was made. But there was no such password protection. I tried to format it from PC, again it failed. Then I tried to format it with mobile itself, which worked. But still I am not able to copy to/from MMC and getting message that “Cannot copy (file name): The disk is write-protected. Remove the write-protection or use another disk.”
Please help me on this. Pls…………………………

i have tried everything but the problem is same i can’t copy or format my
4 GB Kingston drive. When it is plug in the error comes
” The disk cannot be written to because it is write protected. Please remove the write protection from the volume in drive\Device\Harddisk1\DR13
plz help me out

randy January 10, 2010 at 2:51 am

i did what it said and it didnt work im using a kingston 8GB pendrive and it never did that to me plase help me with this problem.

EdwardYbanez January 15, 2010 at 3:19 pm

thanks a lot!! it works!

kapil January 18, 2010 at 1:39 pm

my pen drive was write protected bu i followed steps said by you and now my pen drive is working nicely so i want to say thanks to you……………

NICKO January 19, 2010 at 4:52 pm

I’ve got a Jetflash 64gb usb and it’s doing this. Really don’t want to go out and get another! :( None of the above methods worked. Any other ideas?

montubakshi January 21, 2010 at 2:57 pm

There is no StorageDevicePolicies key. i used vista. what can i do?
waiting for reply bye.

Rohit January 21, 2010 at 4:30 pm

you can create a new key with that name

Chris January 21, 2010 at 11:30 pm

It worked the first time but after i remove the usb and use it elsewhere and come back to my computer, the problem still persist

jack January 22, 2010 at 11:24 pm

hey man
i have a pen drive with 8gb
but it is coping only upto 2gb and
showing that it is write protected
as i seened in the website about the storage device
but in my vista their is no storage device
what should i do should i need to download
i hope that you will give me a suggestion

Jagyenswar Samal January 27, 2010 at 7:59 pm

Dear sir,
I have 1GB & 2GB transcend pendrive.I m not able to format that pendrive.Because pendrive is write protected.How can i format the pendrive.give the solution & send me write protected pen drive format utility….

akash January 30, 2010 at 8:43 am

thanks dude it really worked …………….

Kryce February 1, 2010 at 11:47 am

Can someone help me with, I’ve got windows Vista, and I downloaded the add.bat file, but there is no storagedevice file…thing. I really need help with this problem. Thanks in advance.

dnyanesh February 1, 2010 at 7:22 pm

I have a 4gb kingstone pendrive
and tried all above tricks but still error comes
Please help me..

Gaurav February 5, 2010 at 1:15 pm

yaar my transcend pendrive is cured with the above method,,, but my another kingstone 4 gb is showing same error,,,, and when im trying to set that value again to zero it is already showing 0. help me out yaar.

srikant February 10, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Hi i worked… nice post thank u so much…..

vishal thakur February 15, 2010 at 8:46 pm

whoever posted the way to solve the problem…my pc was checked by i don know by how many people…they told me to reformat he window….an im like havn i don know how many gb data….but this thing worked actually…an i did it myself….thx alot….thxxthxxx…alot…

PARDZ February 19, 2010 at 2:00 pm


amit March 1, 2010 at 9:27 pm

wat abt win 7, i am unable to do it by any of these ways,

there is no option by the name of storagedevicepolicies

zaman March 2, 2010 at 9:34 am

hi…my prblems is I can frmat my pndrive sometime n sometime cannot because it say the disk is write protected n please remove the write protect in drive/device/harddisk.l/dr19
I can figure how to find this thing…after I frmat my pendrive its all clear but when I want to transfr data to my pendrive only part of file can transfer in and after that it say it was write protected say like before…I hope somebody could solve my problems….my pendrive is kingston usb flash 2.0(kingmax 8Gb)

Rohit March 3, 2010 at 8:47 pm


create a new key with this name if it does not exist.

BHARAT March 4, 2010 at 11:23 pm

i followed all the ways u said but i cant solve my problem same problem is continuing like this disk is write proteted please send me reply fast thank you

Naeem March 8, 2010 at 12:27 pm

I done the same process, but i am unable to disable the write protection. I still face the same problem.
it is giving the error


What can I do now
Kindly provide me more information…

Chinmoy March 12, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Thanks a lot. The first method solve my problem.Mine was Transcend 4 gb model JF V30 usb pen drive. Thanks again for helping.

USB Problem write-protect March 13, 2010 at 12:56 am

ALL The above methods did not work for me. My USB is: 16-gig A-Data USB FLASH DISK. When I try to access it, it says “you need to format your disk” or something like that. then when I try to format it, it STILL SAYS “cannot be formatted because disk is WRITE-PROTECTED! this is so frustrating.. HELP!!!…

thalapathimaha March 20, 2010 at 11:01 pm

thanks thanks…………………………………….

stuped March 21, 2010 at 9:25 am

thanks the guide is so great and it work on me…
thank you so much

CrazyU2Nin/ja March 31, 2010 at 3:53 am

The first method did not work for me. I downloaded the Apacer Formating Utility, But that didn’t work either. It keeps saying Device not found. Anybody got any suggestions? (I’m using a computer with Windows 7 by the way.)

Jack March 31, 2010 at 8:45 pm


reg add “HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies” /t Reg_dword /v WriteProtect /f /d 0





avinash April 3, 2010 at 9:54 am

hey thank u very much…….this post was very helpfull and it solved my prob…..cheers:-)

vinod April 7, 2010 at 9:28 am

i am having problem with my pen drive. when i open its properties it shows that the free space and used space is zero.and when i click on open it shows that you should format ur pen drive.when i i start formatting it shows that tyour pen drive is write protected

willwarriorasp April 7, 2010 at 10:01 pm

i repaired a 8GB transcend JFV10 pen drive as follows:
1.)i tried the registry fix and set write protection to 0 but it didn’t work
2.)i tried low level formatting,it did not detect the pen drive
3.)so i downloaded the jet flash online recovery tool from and ran it,i set it to remove all the data,surprisingly the first time it didn’t work,i ran it again
,now i tried to open the pen drive n it showed that i had to format it,when i tried formatting it showed disk is write protected
4.)so now after applying the registry fix i restarted the pc n tried to format it…lo n behold it completed successfully
5.)i don’t know whether it works for other brands
operating system:windows 7
pen drive:transcend jfv10 8GB
file format:fat32
formatted capacity:7.46GB

Fredierick April 14, 2010 at 10:12 am

wow!!that was easy and fast…thanks a really worked..

Gerald April 16, 2010 at 8:32 pm

tanx bro you make my day it work wow tanx

Bishnu April 18, 2010 at 10:06 pm

I haven’t remove write-protect on my memory on following introduction of avobe you given.

Arielle Arieta April 19, 2010 at 5:17 pm

hi thank you so much i am very much happy when i follow all the instruction my scandisk for cellphone is now not protected.

But the big problem is after i added some pictures and other music i cannot use my scandisk anymore.

When i turn it back to my laptop still it never been read anymore. Both in my laptop and my cellphone.

What happen? Why it cannot read anymore?

Why i cannot use my disk anymore?

Pls help me i’ll be waiting for your reply

Tnx and Godbless


HUSH1994 April 20, 2010 at 7:13 pm

thnx alooooooooot willwarriorasp fpr this,i have the same flash as u and it worked…

danny April 21, 2010 at 3:12 am

really helped me it has a lock on the side that i didnt know what it did now i do thanks

Yogini April 29, 2010 at 7:03 pm

I tried exactly what is told…. but still the same problem persists… should I actually format my pendrive
is there any other solution

Giha May 3, 2010 at 10:27 pm


awesome_tj May 10, 2010 at 9:17 am

thanks men…

It help a lot… my USB drive is now accessible…

Keep it up!!!

God bless..

Ritesh May 12, 2010 at 7:44 pm

Thanks mat..this helped!

Manjunath May 12, 2010 at 10:43 pm

My pen drive was write protected and could not use for more than 1 week. I had tried several other option including formatting utility but nothing worked. I tried modifying Reg Key as mentioned by you and it worked. Thanks for the solution.

Cristyline Amor May 13, 2010 at 2:40 pm

☼_☼ i try this formula but no changes!…

☼_☼ the write protection in my flash drive is not remove.

☼_☼ is this true?..the formula above?..why it’s not work to my usb?..

xiakah May 14, 2010 at 10:32 am

omg!!! ive been searching for answers all over the net…tnx a lot!!!!!

santhosh May 14, 2010 at 11:31 am

thank you.for giving me this information

I was done . my memory cardwas formatted.

shilpa May 15, 2010 at 9:00 pm

thnks a lot …there was a physical lock on my card reader..unlocked it..nd problem solved.

tony May 21, 2010 at 10:26 am

thanks alot!! it was that lock thing its all good now

krista May 21, 2010 at 4:19 pm

hey, i really got a problem with this…its on my laptop and tried all of the given and its still not working…. please help me…

BAM May 24, 2010 at 4:00 pm

thanks alot, it’s really solve myproblem

kathy May 25, 2010 at 10:20 am

can someone help me..i can’t format my 8gb sandisk sdhc..i’ve formating it using the formatting process winXP..but it only shows an error in formating..i’ve already tried cardrecovery, low disk formating,Zero assumption recovery, HP USB disk recovery, SDformatter.

file size: 8gb
but only shows
file size: 30.6 mb and the used & free space in the pie graph shows zero space.

file type should be in fat( i guess) but it shows it’s in RAW

it’s also write-protected..

can someone help me recover my memory card…need it badly…please

mib May 25, 2010 at 6:17 pm

Thank you very much “Willwarriorasp” your solution worked very well my flash has started working fine now.

sanjeev kumar May 27, 2010 at 11:36 am

i done the same process, but i am unable to disable the write protection.

it is giving the error like ,


What can i do , i am using 8 gb pen drive ,

Kindly provide more information to me ….

swaroop May 28, 2010 at 12:07 pm

thankx a lot i got it man………it worked.

sanjeev kumar May 29, 2010 at 11:10 am

i done the same process, but i am unable to disable the write protection.

it is giving the error like ,


What can i do , i am using 8 gb pen drive ,

Kindly provide more information to me ….

burhan May 31, 2010 at 6:44 pm


Darryl June 4, 2010 at 7:56 pm

Hey Rohit!
Thanks for your post, it really saved me loads of effort!
I’ve looked through thousands of web pages, but your post is the first to save my port! Thanks so much for this!

sherlyn aldiano June 5, 2010 at 12:45 pm

wow.! thank you so much! its so helpful. i thought i really need to buy another sd card. haha! thanks you again .

deni June 7, 2010 at 5:03 am

thax a lot,it’s helpfullness

Jai Prakash June 7, 2010 at 9:46 pm

I have pen drive of trasend 4Gb, i had follow your direction to remove write protected.
however by double clicking on writeprotect, the box open with name is Edit DWORD value,
ant in your website it is Edit DWORD (32 bits) value, what i should do to remove write protect from my pen drive….

Ba Aim June 9, 2010 at 12:13 pm

i have tried everything but the problem is same i can’t copy file to or from my
8 GB trenscan drive. When i copy the error comes
” The disk cannot be written to because it is write protected. Please remove the write protection from the volume in drive\Device\Harddisk1\DR1

plz help me out..

FAR8 June 9, 2010 at 12:34 pm

not work for my kingston pendrive 8gb.

Binoj June 10, 2010 at 9:01 pm

hi i followed the above step for unlocking my pen drive but was unable to do so
please help

Ameya Phadke June 11, 2010 at 10:57 am

Just the best’!!!!!!

morishmoo June 15, 2010 at 6:23 am

it works.. thanks for ur recomended solutions.. I can use my usb now… thanks again and more power

Prashanth June 17, 2010 at 7:45 pm

Thank u very much for this.. I have successfully removed write protection from my pen drive!!

kshitij vejre June 19, 2010 at 1:47 pm

It really helped.
For those who r still finding it difficult:
After u follow those two steps- right click on the USB drive icon and format it.
Just a simple format would do the trick

praveen kumar June 21, 2010 at 11:39 am

thank you i got the way and i removed the protection

Ramesh Maharjan June 21, 2010 at 5:24 pm

Thanks God!!!!!!!!!! 1st one method works for my problem and thank u for him/her, who posted the solution over here,,…

AbbieLouise June 21, 2010 at 11:42 pm

Right, when i have to run the Bat file (?) it finishes installing but I can’t find it so i don’t know whether it’s successfully worked? I’m really confused. :\
Help please? Thanks x

Rohit June 22, 2010 at 9:10 am

If you are not sure whether the bat file is working for you or not, please use the manual method which involved opening regedit and adding the key.

MARK ANTHONY June 24, 2010 at 11:26 am


Muruganandham N June 25, 2010 at 12:06 am

pls. help me whenever ill format my pen drive(flash device) system should be display a message “The device is Write-Protect”. please tell me what to do..

Arun pradhan June 25, 2010 at 3:18 pm

i was faching problem in using external storage divice shown that its written protection
i am a user of window 7 ulitmate

Vikram June 25, 2010 at 6:22 pm


I did all tips u have been given but still i m having same problem with my pendrive please do needfull.

Narayan June 25, 2010 at 11:14 pm

Thnx a lot Dude!!!
It works..:)
But now i got an another problem in my sd card ..”MSDC Read Error”
can u tell me how i will remove this problem..plz HELP!!!!!

michael castriciones June 27, 2010 at 4:40 pm

the add.bat i downloaded wont work..i opened it then it suddenly closed..plss help me

Rohit June 28, 2010 at 11:27 am

@michael castriciones

the file is supposed to add a registry entry. If its not working on your PC, then plz follow the manual instructions in this article, it does the same thing as the add.bat file.

Rahhul Mishra June 28, 2010 at 6:29 pm

this is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

thank for all these online supports. thes suports gives us to lurn to much things

god bless u


dandolf July 1, 2010 at 8:22 pm

good job keep up the good works thank you!!!

Sunil July 8, 2010 at 12:21 pm

I am sunil, I have JetFlash Transcend 8 GB USB Flash Drive, I face the Window – Write Protect Error. I follow the given step but still problem not solved. My pen Drive took the data upto 3.35 GB easily, If I intalled more data then show me Window – Write Protect Error. Pls suggust me how to solve this problem ASAP.

bhanu prakash July 8, 2010 at 4:30 pm

sir, I have problem in formatting my 16gb hp pen drive. Whenever i try to format it, it shows “cannot format because of I/O error” and i tried many ways but of no use. please say me the way to format it sir…..
It contains things that are copied five times in it and virus in it and to delete the virus also it is showing the same error sir.

Hayfa July 8, 2010 at 6:43 pm

I’m having the same problem with my mp4, and tried your advice..nothing worked….. Any ideas :’(

Benny July 12, 2010 at 11:56 am

Thank you so much!!! It worked!!

NAUMAN KHAN July 12, 2010 at 6:54 pm

i am facing still a usb drive is not formatting aftar all these procedures.i am facing still a msg “usb drive is write protected”.how can i remove this write protection msg…plz give me solid methods to remove it….thanks

vinod pandey July 13, 2010 at 9:57 pm

I have 4 GB moserbaer Pen drive but it show write proteded i have tried all given salution but i,m still faching problem . if any other salution plz help me .

chandrasekhar July 14, 2010 at 4:42 pm

thanks for giving this method to save my pendrive

sURAJ dHUNGEL July 16, 2010 at 11:38 am

I’m follow the given steps but i’ve still my problems please give me solution to save my pendrive.

Salin July 18, 2010 at 7:19 am

i’ve used all the above mentioned method but also the problem on the drive is same.Is there any new methods to recover the write protect for the pendrive?

dhruv July 19, 2010 at 7:16 am

My mmc card’s still showing the same msg dude!! If u get any solution jus mail it 2 me!!

Nilofer July 22, 2010 at 10:41 pm


Thanks man! You are a life saver. I thought I would never be able to use my 8 GB pen drive again.I would also mention that the utility method works best!

tushar July 23, 2010 at 7:35 am

sir i dont have storage device polices i make the key but its not working please help me

Dennis F. Gerodias July 23, 2010 at 1:12 pm

i still have the problem on my memory…….. i can download music in my cpq

Moonwalker July 24, 2010 at 2:42 am

I’ve 16 Pendrive, and whenever I want to delet or copy any file it says disk write protected. I tried ur way but the problem is still there. I am really fed up by now………….So desp. waiting for some more suggesation. Thank u in advance

SANJI July 26, 2010 at 10:04 pm

Thank for the support. above information really help me to remove write protection finally….
Thanks lot …

Shireen July 27, 2010 at 12:40 am

Thank you this helped fix my problem :)

Agostino July 27, 2010 at 2:35 pm

It works! Thank you!

Sumit July 28, 2010 at 1:04 pm

thanx this solution really work for my write protected pen drive.

arvind July 28, 2010 at 6:31 pm

hi i did all this
but still my pen drive is write protected
and i m unable to copy any thing in it

Ranalcis R.K. July 29, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Hi, my pendrive is not working properly. When i open my drive, a message pops up saying, ”You need to format the drive before you can use it. Do you want to format it? ” and when I try to format it, a message pops up saying ” The disk is write protected”.
How will I solve this problem?
Please e-mail me any solutions about this problem.

nakul kc August 3, 2010 at 10:29 am

i m so happy my pendrive working properly.

saravanan August 5, 2010 at 8:57 am

Thanks alot…
My pendrive is working….:~)

arpit August 5, 2010 at 1:26 pm

Hello everyone,

I am using Nokia N72 (Memory Card: 1GB MMC). I am using USB card reader to transfer any file to/from MMC (Windows Platform: Windows XP). But one day some problem occurred, it started showing error message that the memory card is write protected. I checked in my mobile, whether any password protection was made. But there was no such password protection. I tried to format it from PC, again it failed. Then I tried to format it with mobile itself, which worked. But still I am not able to copy to/from MMC and getting message that “Cannot copy (file name): The disk is write-protected. Remove the write-protection or use another disk.”

Please help me on this. Pls…………………………

siddiq umarji August 5, 2010 at 5:48 pm

Hi, regarding step 2, i have downloaded the add.bat batch file but still cannot find the storagedevicepolicies key in the registory editor. i have tried it a few times now and it doesn’t seem to come up. Is there any other way i could get that key in the registory editor so i could move on to the next step. Many thanks in advance.

hariram August 5, 2010 at 7:13 pm

i have done 3steps to remove write protection from pendrive but still it is not going for getting in cmd iam getting that “the type of file system is raw chkdsk is not available for raw drives” iam getting like this in cmd prompt so,pls help me to remove write protection from pendrive

Hema August 7, 2010 at 11:33 am

Thank and lot of thanks.. your tips and advice very big help me.

naresh August 7, 2010 at 1:44 pm

i used all d metods listed here and there but all of them of no use and my pendrive is still not working….its 4gb iball………………………

TARUN August 8, 2010 at 4:35 pm

i done the same process, but i am unable to disable the write protection.

it is giving the error like ,


What can i do , i am using 8 gb pen drive ,

Kindly provide more information to me ….

Wilymar August 9, 2010 at 2:34 pm

i can’t open and save any files. how to unlocked the wirte protected in the device. or open it?. kindly provide me more info.

Ravi Teja August 10, 2010 at 8:32 pm

It’s nice and working too. Thank you very much for your information.

ebrahim August 11, 2010 at 6:50 am

thanks dear………it works……..

but can u plz tell which is this virus which do this trouble and which is the best antivirus to remove that virus……..

shreyash August 12, 2010 at 1:37 pm

i can’t format my pen drive i applied your three option but it doesn’y work

AUSTIN August 12, 2010 at 4:58 pm

hello!!!!!!!!!! i tried all of ur optons but nothing is working… so please… post any other options at the earliest……….

Ranalcis August 13, 2010 at 1:48 pm

I have remove write protection from my pendrive but still its not working. When I click to format it, after sometime a message comes up saying, “Windows cant format your pendrive”. Why is this happening?

João Oliveira August 14, 2010 at 6:43 pm

It doesn’t work, I tried all the three solutions with no results…maybe the pen drive is broken…I have a 4 GB Verbatim STORE N GO.

Robert Alcide August 16, 2010 at 9:40 am

I have done all of the above several times, so I know it was done well. However all my external U.S.B. storage devices are still write protected. Please help.

william August 17, 2010 at 10:01 pm

l was unable to solve the problem using both options.apecer didn’t see the disk,asked for pen drive no disk error even displays on desktop

Milind August 22, 2010 at 5:11 pm

well i think most of us have a problem because our system is windows vista and windows 7
to solve follow the same steps in window xp….

this worked for me u no?

krish August 27, 2010 at 12:11 am

i downloaded the formatting software but there is no response on the led and my laptop is windows xp plzzzzzzz help!!!!!

twiinkle August 27, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Thanks you so much for this info it really helps me to solve my problem.

SAIYED August 28, 2010 at 10:06 am

my data other mobile shoper not copy

susanbasnet August 29, 2010 at 1:07 am

thank you so much
how can i ever thank u :)

Lyrosely August 31, 2010 at 2:40 pm

It didn’t work for me! please help me!

Vimal September 1, 2010 at 6:09 pm

thanks for ur assistance… one of d readers who wer helpd by ur article….

Gopinath September 4, 2010 at 1:43 pm

Hi… This is Gopi.. i had this same issue now i have find the solution.. pls visit the site “” download the utility called (USB Flash Drives V1.8A).. after finished download.. unzip the Repair File(Repair_v2.9.1.8A) and Run the Formatter.exe… That’s it..

The above two steps will solve the problem. If you still face the problem, follow the below steps:
Download the tool called: (HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool)
Format your USB by using this Tool…

sonu kumar September 5, 2010 at 9:19 pm

i have a problem in my pen drive (it is write protected)
i have used both the technical process but it still have a problem

sakeerkp September 6, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Thank you so much ,I could solve problem

Srikanth September 7, 2010 at 10:25 am

Hi,thanks for the suggession for removing steps for write protection, i created all those which u had emntioned but still i cane able to format my pendrive and still it is in write protected can u suggest any other solution for this

Gopinath September 8, 2010 at 9:31 am

Brother if it possible come to online and give me your system through remote control by “TeamViewer” tell me the possible timing My ID is…..

Gopinath September 8, 2010 at 9:46 am

Solution: 1
I know this problem is also occurring these days without this switch but not to worry. Just download this helpful software from here( and run it to execute a “low-level format” on the drive. This software is quite handy and may take few attempts to actually remove the error.

Solution :2
For that:
1. Run diskmgmt.msc in Run.
2. In the disk management window, select the pen drive, right click on it and click on Format.
3. Now choose the File System and Allocation Unit Size and do not check the boxes below.

Click OK and the drive will be reusable after this.

Solution : 3
( using which we can easily this write protection problem.

solution :4

Steps to make your drive Write Protected:

1. Open Registry Editor by typing regedit in Run dialog.

2. Navigate to the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\

3. Find a sub key inside it named “StorageDevicePolicies”. If it does not exist there then we need to make it. Right click on “Control” key -> New -> Key. Name it “StorageDevicePolicies” without quotes.

4. Now right click on this newly created key and then click New -> DWORD value and name it as “WriteProtect”.

5. Modify this key and give it a value 1.

6. Click OK, and remember to restart the PC.

Now no more data can be transferred to the drive but to start using the drive again just give the “WriteProtect” key a value of 0 instead of 1 and restart the PC.

jhargramdevil September 8, 2010 at 11:01 am

Thank you all! These are more or less the available resources to fix this problem. I am sharing my experience about the generation of this problem of ‘write protection’. Apart from the virus/trojan horse or physical lock, there is another culprit which has caused this problem to me almost on every occasion. YOU SHOULD TRY TO SAFE REMOVE YOUR PEN DRIVE/HARD DRIVE FROM YOUR PC ALWAYS! Whatever might be your hurry, pls do not force pull out the drive. On many occasions nothing will happen. But, once in 20 or 30 occasion you will find that your drive gets corrupt or ‘gets’ write protected after you have simply pulled out your pen drive out of the PC without going for safety removal. Thanks. Bye.

arun September 8, 2010 at 6:26 pm

my problem is solved thank you very much 1000 of thanks………………..

SATHYAM September 9, 2010 at 12:24 pm

i have 4gpb transcend pendrive , its affected a problem of write protection or another use,
please tell the solve solution of its problem

Razan September 9, 2010 at 7:44 pm

Also My Problem Solved Yaar Thanks – Nice Post Yaar

MAYUR TOLANI September 10, 2010 at 11:01 am

thanxxx ……………… problem solved via the last suggestion

anvarali September 10, 2010 at 12:09 pm

i have 8gpb imitation pendrive , its affected a problem of write protection or another use,
please tell the solve solution of its problem

Leo September 12, 2010 at 7:38 am

Cannot navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies. Because “StorageDevicePolicies” not found.

Rohit September 12, 2010 at 1:44 pm

you can create this key

raman September 12, 2010 at 7:49 pm

my prob . is solved.. tnnksssss…..!!!!!

hitesh September 12, 2010 at 7:49 pm

I’ve downloaded the batch file and added to registry and set the value to 0 also but problem is still not solved. My pen drive don’t have any write protection button, still it is showing this error.

Gopinath September 13, 2010 at 10:18 am

Hello Rohit..
yes u need to create that key in right side panel..
reg add “HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies” /t Reg_dword /v WriteProtect /f /d 1
copy the above command in the notepad and save it as a name of key.bat after that just double click it.. that’s it…

Gopinath September 13, 2010 at 10:29 am

Hello Rohit..
yes u need to create that key in right side panel.. try this step:

reg add “HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies” /t Reg_dword /v WriteProtect /f /d 1

copy the above command in the notepad and save it as a name of key.bat after that just double click it.. that’s it…

pradeep sharma September 13, 2010 at 5:33 pm


NADEEM September 15, 2010 at 11:34 am


my 4 GB isfile protected.. i cant format it…

pls help me……..

Jery September 16, 2010 at 7:36 am

Thank u very much frd…

umit kumar jena September 17, 2010 at 1:23 pm

my USB PANDRIVE was block but after use add.bat i acess my device.

Snake September 17, 2010 at 4:12 pm


I hahe a big problem with my 2.5″ samsung hard drive 500 gb
I can`t format the hard, olways message (the disc is write protected)

what can i do
please help

sorry on my bad english

N H ANSARI September 17, 2010 at 4:59 pm

My problems to you solve very quickly
rempve the write protection to another disk
pls confirm to ansawer very Thanks

Ankit September 18, 2010 at 10:41 pm

After applying above given procedure to remove write protection on my pendrive. I have still same problem occuring again and again on using the pendrive now please tell me what to do now

Ameer September 22, 2010 at 9:34 pm

After trying to add the StorageDevicePolicies and editing it, then restarting PC it still did not solve my problem, i cannot copy, save open or even backup my USb and it has all my college work on it…please is there a way you can help? :’(

Ram September 23, 2010 at 8:45 pm

i downloaded the thing but stillit does not work.plz help me out

Php2ranjan September 24, 2010 at 5:26 pm

I thought my pen drive is use less, but I am searching something else and I found this website. It nice define “how to Remove Right Protection into your Pen drive”.
I have this kind of problem last 3 months. But my Pen drive is working properly.
thanks guys…..

sandip September 26, 2010 at 4:59 pm

I’ve downloaded the batch file and added to registry but still cant see StorageDevicePolicies . Is this because of os vista.

umakant September 29, 2010 at 11:01 am

i didnt get storage device policies…please help…its urgent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gaurav Jain October 2, 2010 at 7:16 pm

My problem is that my pendrive slowly detects and it hangs my lappi……
But when i try to format my pendrive the error comes that Windows can’t complete the format…..
Plz give me the solution to format my pendrive and to take use of my pendrive….

PS Verma October 3, 2010 at 12:42 pm

i m not able to copy paste any data from my pc to my memory card, a problem occures this disk is write protected. kindly give me any solution

Ali October 3, 2010 at 7:35 pm

I have a SILICON POWER Flash Memory (8 GB of size).
I test your “OFFER” and windows cannot format the Removebale.
Error Message is “disk is write protected”.

Ashara October 4, 2010 at 9:43 pm


Iam Facing the Same Problem inspite of following the Above Instructions.Still ma Pendrive is showing the Write Protection after having changed the Edit DWORD Value to Zero(0).Pls suggest.

sonu October 7, 2010 at 10:11 pm

when i formate memory card the message is come that this diks is write protection

Kushal October 10, 2010 at 4:20 pm

i am unable to create storage device ploicy file in register edit

sundar October 15, 2010 at 12:01 pm

i fallow the steps…. LaByam ledu guru…

avinash October 18, 2010 at 11:57 pm

thanks a lot.

ajeet kumar October 19, 2010 at 6:50 pm


fancy ainol October 21, 2010 at 8:06 am

My Lgear 4gb usb disk write protected by itself, tried windows registry fix and lformat utility… none of them worked. However, with a despair try, I got it fixed by the following steps:
1. pluged in the usb disk to a mp4 player (my model: ainol v8000hdy)
2. deleted several files successfully in the mp4 file explorer (no write protected message pop up)
3. unpluged the usb drive from mp4 player, and pluged it into my pc (windows xp sp3)
4. copyed and deleted a test file successfully no more write protection
5. run chkdsk /f and fixed the corrupt file system, the usb drive was back to life since then.
That’s it. Good luck!

vamshi October 21, 2010 at 7:34 pm

i have done all above steps but it is showing same “DISK WRITE PROTECTED

Abhishek October 21, 2010 at 8:25 pm

check our drive in that case – it might have gone faulty

ashok October 21, 2010 at 9:35 pm

hey buddyy…
it couldnt solve my problem…
actully the disk protected error is occuring with my memory card…when i connect it to my computer using card reader..
can u help for this????????????????????

Ahmed October 26, 2010 at 10:18 pm

I’m try anyway but it couldnt solve my problem…

Mahaveer November 2, 2010 at 4:50 pm

I did all the above said but still my pen drive say the same right protected so could not make any changes kindly help me out.

Prasad Chandrasiri Athukorala November 5, 2010 at 8:59 am

there is no storage device policies in that path
so how i remove the virus

Rajeev talwar November 7, 2010 at 12:03 am

yeah really its work very well …and no need of any Anti-virus Thanx :)

RAJALINGAM November 11, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Sir, Iam having a problem in my Sony Ericsson Phone Memory. there are two songs in the phone memory and i cant delete those songs. Because it is Writ-Protected. and is Read-only. Please help me or give some suggessions to my mail to delete those mp3 files.

summy sharma November 11, 2010 at 4:28 pm

dint work for me,
when i delete or paste any file it happens but after unplugging the usb every data deleted or replaced comes back.
my problem started when i copied a MP4video file which was half converted ,please help me

Leslie Hanley November 12, 2010 at 12:28 pm

I have done everything on this forum but still i get the same result. maybe its time to give up..into the garbage arrgghh

Dhruv November 14, 2010 at 12:50 pm

my 2GB micro SD card’s workin wen i access thro ma fone… but not workin wen i access thro d adapter.. kingston…

Mohamedasham November 15, 2010 at 9:11 am

Best solution sir thanx… thanx… thanx… thanx… thanx…

HARSHAN A.T November 15, 2010 at 4:29 pm

I downloaded “add.bat” file, but still i couldn’t find StorageDevicePolicies folder. Now how can i remove this write protection from my pendrive…. please help me….

Mia November 17, 2010 at 7:25 pm

When I press OK at the very end of the procedure (after I’ve typed in the 0), I get a new error pop-up:

“Error Editing Value

X Cannot edit WhiteProtect: Error writing the value’s new contents.”

What does this mean? :S

Mahith November 18, 2010 at 6:08 pm

When i go To Cmd Prompt and Type the Following Thing!! Its Shows Cannot Format cause its Write Protected!! Can you Help me with it.??

Vidya November 19, 2010 at 1:19 pm

hey thnanxx a lott..ur first suggestion worked fine n I’m able to use my pen drive..thanxx again..

Sunil Kharel November 21, 2010 at 5:45 pm

Wonderful solution…too easy no need any anti virus.Thanks alot….

musherefa temam November 23, 2010 at 6:27 pm

dear shireen i miss you i do known you ?

JITENDRA V. BENDALE November 24, 2010 at 10:45 am

I am using the above two steps but after using these metion methods the pen drive write protection not remove please give another methods

KRISHNAKUMAR November 25, 2010 at 4:38 pm

I have tried all of the above methods…nothing worked for me……

1.It’s working fine with my friend’s pc —so no issue with memory card

2.i am able to view or copy the files from my memory card—so no issue with memory card reader

Hence, its all about the problem with my pc.

Kindly help me……………..

Walid November 27, 2010 at 6:15 pm

Ello There,

StorageDevicePolicies could not be created on my Laptop it might not be compatible with Windows7 or I don’t know how does it works please kindly help me.


Pushpender November 27, 2010 at 6:35 pm

i tried but not able to do the fomatting of my pendrive.

veeresh November 28, 2010 at 12:46 pm

I followed your procedure/steps. still the problem did not solve. I am unable to format my pen drive. still it says the pen drive is write protected

Amit November 28, 2010 at 6:53 pm

I face problem to remove write protection option on 2gb memory card after appling above method and also does not stor storagpolicies in registry ………….i am using win7…….plz give me another solution as soon as posible…………
Thanks in advance..:)

louie December 3, 2010 at 7:44 pm

i can’t find folder name “storagedevicepolicies”.. help me please..

bishnusen December 4, 2010 at 4:30 pm

I am not able to format my pendrive. every time got the message ” windows was unable t0 complete format”. some time disk is wirte protected mode message shown.

how to sovle this problem.

Prof. Rajendra More December 5, 2010 at 11:42 am

It really work on xp
Thanx !!!

Mark December 5, 2010 at 3:55 pm

I try all of this but it failed pls help me!

Christopher December 6, 2010 at 10:10 pm

thank you for this … it may solve my problem…thank you alot:)

wajeed December 7, 2010 at 1:47 pm


samer daher December 7, 2010 at 7:38 pm

i tried all the problem is caot open volume for direct acces help me plz

debajeet kalita December 11, 2010 at 12:10 pm

my memory can not delete or format, the memory card is showing write protected.
Plz. who I can format my memory card.

a.s December 11, 2010 at 2:35 pm

i have tried all 3 mathod but it still show me that msg of write protected,plz help me…….

jeet December 12, 2010 at 11:21 pm

there have no key of storage device policies ,i dounload and run add.bat but no option is come and i also create a key storage device policies but problem is not solve so please me solution

Girish December 13, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Sorry I tried both above mentioned solution but i couldn’t format or remove write protection from my pendrive :(

Jugal Negi December 17, 2010 at 1:07 pm

thank you for this … it may solve my problem…thank you alot:)

Juagl Negi


sibi December 20, 2010 at 10:35 pm

hi for those who does not work the add batch file, just right click and run it as administrator, it will add the entry in registry, for windows 7 and vista…

Sumit Tank December 22, 2010 at 5:06 pm

I found an error at the time downloading add.bat .What should I do?

ramesh December 24, 2010 at 1:22 pm

to remove write protect its simple frnd just do like this

1.start in that regedit load m/c………………
4.control set001
5.control device
7.write protected make it 0 then restart the pc u r work done

Anupam Choubey December 24, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Thanks alot it does work for me great help :)

tazuddin December 30, 2010 at 9:00 am

I have done every thing but can’t remove the system windows7 home basic 64bit…………… help me please!

siddhant shukla December 30, 2010 at 1:47 pm

i m not having any option storage device policies

jyoti January 1, 2011 at 4:23 pm


afiq January 1, 2011 at 8:09 pm

i have a prob with my SD card….. actually here already have a file….then whatever thing will be in this file as a main file…but i just delete this file then i keep some mp3 file directly without create u file….then the problem is i never can delete the mp3 file & format my SD card…when i want 2 format it, its keep written ‘write-protected’…so how 2 overcome it..?

kiran January 4, 2011 at 11:33 am

even the value is set to “0″ it didnt worked still it is showing ie write protected mode

kiran January 4, 2011 at 11:36 am

can any one suggest good antivirus to rectify write protected in memory card problem

lyle January 8, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Thank you, it was really helpful.

Hemant Sharma January 10, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Thank You Very Much

Its very uiseful infor for me if you have more infor about repair windows files for safe windows xp or other useful tricks then plz send me

Thanks Again

Justin January 10, 2011 at 7:45 pm

I spent 12 hours looking for a solution before finding this page, and I’d just like to say thanks.

My 8GB Maxell Xtractor USB Stick had become “Write Protected”, after I’d tried to batch-encode some media files contained on it. It wasn’t physically damaged, there’s no copy protect switch on the stick… Windows XP Pro was recognizing it as a removable drive, but was unable to format due to it being allegedly “write protected.” It still displayed the correct drive size, albeit as a RAW format and not FAT32.

I tried all kinds of different formatting utilities. I tried booting in Safe Mode with DOS Commands and running a format; it still appeared to be copy protected. Nothing worked…

So, I added the Registry entry as above, then amended the value to zero – still no luck.

Out of frustration, I decided to try the JetFlash Online Recovery tool – even though my stick was manufactured by Maxell…

Unbelievably, it worked. I don’t know how, but it worked. :-)

If anybody still has the same problem, I’d urge you try the JetFlash Online Recovery tool. Just make sure you unplug any other external drives with the same storage capacity as your USB stick, because it identifies the USB stick by disk size.

A HUGE thankyou to willwarriorasp whom posted the link in their above comments – I could kiss you!!!

Abhijeet January 11, 2011 at 11:56 am

HI I Had tried it but my pen drive have still write protection problem please tell me other solution.

sam January 11, 2011 at 9:02 pm

boss nothing is working…..i steel have a prob with iball 4gb pen drive.

Aamir January 12, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Hey Justin,

Thank a lot that works.

venu sumanth January 12, 2011 at 5:19 pm

the first did not work but, the second method worked fine, but for future safety i’ve tried the 3rd one also and both worked fine. Thank You very much.

AMIT sahetiyaa January 12, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Done everything but Still cant format ,, 4GB Iball

format starts ,, goes to 99% but at the end unable to format ..

CHKDSK dosent works coz it is not accessed

mani January 13, 2011 at 7:49 pm

thk uuuu you helped meee

jyoti January 14, 2011 at 2:06 pm

my pen drive is not accessible when i open it a msg occurs that it is not completely formated but when i try to format it then it again does not complete the format…i also tried to chk dsk bt it failed toooooo

initially i had a problem of write protection of dsj so i formatted it once and after that m facing the above mention problems

Eric January 15, 2011 at 5:50 am

The StorageDevicePolicies registry key was not added!

Nitin kumar suryawanshi January 16, 2011 at 11:26 am

i am not able to fix the problem it is giving me message that
The NTVDM cpu has encountered an illlegal instruction.
CS;0557 IP;0100 op;63 64 5c 0a 72 chose’close’ to terminate the application..
please tell me now what i have to fix this probem.

Moskan January 17, 2011 at 8:44 am

Thank you very much your fix tool and your good advise, yet I still can’t fix my problem. I think like you said that I should contact my manufacturer to check it for me.
Thank You! :D

Naseemullah January 18, 2011 at 3:54 am

i am not fixed the problem by applying the above three procedures. so please tell me another procedure that can solve the problem.thanks

jay-Ar January 18, 2011 at 7:57 pm

Thankyou so much..I really really thank you because I fixed my write protected flashdrive by following the steps. I thought i was hopeless.. .thankyou again and more power…

siddharth January 20, 2011 at 1:47 am

@Jack–Thnxx broo..itttt workedd..


thnxxx JACK BROOO.. It really helped..

sinov January 21, 2011 at 10:46 am

i do not get storage device policies,plz help

mitul parekh January 24, 2011 at 11:19 am

heyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy thnxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx alottttttttttttttttttt dude guddd jobbb…

tis AD January 26, 2011 at 11:15 am

it worked.thanks

taher January 26, 2011 at 2:11 pm

thanx it really works for memory card
any user if having problem like this plz try it.

Dean January 26, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Hi. I tryed this what you sead and then restarted my computer and when i reatached mu ipod to my laptop it wonte automaticly reconize that it attached and wonte load on my laptop no more plzz helppp!!!!!!!!!!!!

dRi January 27, 2011 at 1:24 am

Thanks a lot man!!!

Nikola January 27, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Thanks! It works!

PIZEY January 29, 2011 at 8:41 pm

after i’ve read all comments below..and i tried the step..but the problem is still the same..the step is not function for store files to thumdrive!!! help help!!!

marizrylee January 31, 2011 at 12:37 pm

thank you! It helps me a lot…..

parminder Sidhu February 2, 2011 at 10:50 am

Press any key to continue . . .
my pen drive was not format with all your suggestions, so these suggestions are useless to me

Neil.Drew February 6, 2011 at 11:19 pm

hey buddy thanx a lot it really worked.. i am still amazed… thanx a lot buddy.. the method of regedit worked… and to fox a pendrive one should go for this only……Neil.Drew

BOB February 7, 2011 at 12:13 am

um hi….

my switch broke off of the Sd card …. do you think this will work

Mansoor Ali February 7, 2011 at 5:35 pm

sir thanks alot for solving my problem…u know i was very confused before 8 days…
but when i try ur method then my problem finish…
thankx very much

Arvind barthwal February 7, 2011 at 11:26 pm

In windows7 place the cusrsor on the drive you want to remove the write protection. Just right click and after that click on the property than a dialogue box will appear and youneed to click on security option. Place the cursor on users and click on edit option. Again one dialogue box appears and you just need to mark right against full control, modify and write but do remember only do those things under allow option colomns…….It really works guys……….. Even you can use this option for memory cards.

Neil.Drew February 7, 2011 at 11:38 pm

i guess it will work.But i can’t guarantee it.just try it and we will search it if it doesn’t work

Rakesh February 9, 2011 at 2:24 pm

What can i do that my system do not show storagedevicepolicies. my system is running in window 7 os. pls send me some more tips to remove “the disk write is protected”.

LayZee February 11, 2011 at 6:27 am

If anyone should encounter the “suddenly write-protected flash drive”-problem again, first try to “eject” it, remove it and then plug it in.

chetan February 11, 2011 at 8:15 am

my memory card is infected with a virus named prince and svchhost.exe …
It will corrupt data and also delete some data everyday
Please help me

arun February 11, 2011 at 4:40 pm

I can not pemanently delete the data from memory card, when I delete it again & again appears in SD Card, quick heal shows virus in recycler {36436-46377-362354464793}msconfig.exe. in every time, and SD card cannot be format.
Pl. suggest the solution.

Aqeel asghar February 11, 2011 at 9:09 pm

my usb write-Protection does not Remove i fallow the step in the website

geomily04 February 12, 2011 at 9:12 pm

thanks 2 ur team…i salute u, sir…more power..

karthik February 13, 2011 at 10:14 am

thanx alot brother ….it was working…thnk god and for you also…….thnx….thnx

patrick February 14, 2011 at 8:09 pm

I tried the guides above and I know that I follow it well but their nothing happening..I’m using window 7 OS..I saw ‘storage’ and not ‘storagedevicepolicies’ and in ‘storage’ it have ‘writeprotect’ and I’ve change the value to 0, but still it doesnt work. I’m waiting for your reply. thanks

karthik February 14, 2011 at 8:28 pm

hi brother this is worked for my first attempt and then it is not working …all the three methods are not working brother ..please do something and say the correct answer please….

Rachelle February 15, 2011 at 5:39 pm

I tried all the steps – regedit, the program you download to force format, and the chkdsk X: /f but nothing helps. Instead I get this error message with this in part of the message – drive cannot be written because it is write protected. Please remove the write protection from the volume NAME OF DISK in drive \Device\Harddisk\DR25

Can someone help me even format this USB drive?

lotera February 16, 2011 at 10:42 am

hi to every one i have a problem my pc was jioned to domain and they put some policy on it i can copy file from usb to my pc but cant copy from pc to usb is there any solution plz help me

Atul Kumar Sharma February 17, 2011 at 11:22 am

after doing every steps given above, but still my memory card is showing write protected.

Suraj Verma February 17, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Thanks Dude i have remove the write protection…..
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nijin February 18, 2011 at 12:40 pm

yet its not working same msg. writr protected

roldan February 21, 2011 at 10:42 am

hmmff,. it’s doesn’t work .,. the usb says that the usb is write protective

my usb is trancend 16gb,. can you solve it,.

thank you very much,..,

roldan February 21, 2011 at 10:59 am

i tried it again,. sir but is doesn’t work,., i restart it then i connect it again,.

then when i format the system says::

The disk cannot be written to because it is write protected. Please remove the write protection from the volume in drive

Jayu February 23, 2011 at 4:25 pm

I M rying to solving problems through ur site thanks

dinesh February 24, 2011 at 2:03 pm

can not format sd card and pen drive

ubald February 24, 2011 at 9:41 pm

i used the three steps but the problem cant solve

Tarun February 27, 2011 at 9:39 am

Thank u verrrrrrrrrrrrrryyyyyyyy much ………………….. : )

Christian February 27, 2011 at 11:54 am

wow! this really works for me, now my USB is clean and ready to use again. thanks a lot to the one who post this troubleshooting guide.

Maniche February 28, 2011 at 10:21 pm

hey thnks 4 helping me out…

Sam March 1, 2011 at 2:34 am

Excellent information

That Guy March 1, 2011 at 2:57 am

I spent a week trying to unlock my ipod, this worked like a charm. THANK YOU!!

HUs March 1, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Great man thankx a lott its working

chandrashekar March 1, 2011 at 8:39 pm

I have problem in multi -cared reader it’s not opening if I click it’s shows pleas inset deive H pleas tell me how to slove the problem

arvind prajapati March 3, 2011 at 5:31 pm

i tried to ur suggetion but problem is still runiinig. pls send me helpfull suggetion.

arvind prajapati March 3, 2011 at 5:33 pm


Ijaz March 4, 2011 at 8:26 pm


Rahul yadav March 6, 2011 at 1:44 pm

StorageDevicePolicies file not see
i’m download here
but no file not show
pls help me


mohamed khaled March 8, 2011 at 7:39 am

Thanks Alot .. It works perfectly ;)

saad March 8, 2011 at 8:46 pm

is there any step for windows7 .plz help me

anish mittal March 9, 2011 at 1:36 pm

I have followed all the instructions which is described in above article but still i have the same problem ” write protected” so plz send me the solution for this.
I have kingston data traveler pendrive 4 gb.

Bill March 10, 2011 at 4:36 pm



Nooxxie March 11, 2011 at 12:26 am

Thank you, the above process works.
basically you got to be a bit patient.
Thank you.
date used: 03/10/2011.

Pritam March 12, 2011 at 11:29 am

what is the exact site for downloading WinXP sp3

amer March 12, 2011 at 8:02 pm

Thanx for all,
For me I tried many methods, but no one does work.when I try to format using any programe it said. “can’t format RAW device” can anyone help plz.

sham571 March 14, 2011 at 3:51 am

i tried all of those methods ,but still my usb flash is write protected,i dont know whether the cause is that my operating system is windows 7 and those solution is not for this OP,please help

sohaib March 14, 2011 at 9:36 am

Thanks anyway,
Ive done all the work given above but Ive nt succeed to formate my drive. No has helped me. so wot shud I do?
Thanks with Thanks

YOGESH March 15, 2011 at 9:21 pm

i tried all those methods but no sucsses plz help

PARIMAL ASODIYA March 16, 2011 at 7:57 am

how to open start menu and run m using windows ultimate vista….which is start menu i wanna open……

tony March 16, 2011 at 12:01 pm

hey, i tried..but it doesnt work………please help me…

sudheer March 18, 2011 at 2:36 pm

hi,i tried the process u given to remove write protection but its not working THE MSG SHOWING IS AS”cannot edit WriteProtect:Error Writing the value’s new contents.”

Kuldeep March 18, 2011 at 4:46 pm


VISHWAKANT March 19, 2011 at 4:08 pm

hey i dont know abt othrs but the ways worked for me i tried apacer and cmd ways one after another and eureka!!!!!!

ekagra March 21, 2011 at 3:35 pm

my registry editor does not have any path like “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlStorageDevicePolicies” plz help me

Luis March 22, 2011 at 5:09 am

I have a RAW type usb pen. I followed this steps (the 2 methods) and none of them as got my usb pen formatted.

PLZ Help Me!!!! :’(


Antony March 23, 2011 at 10:46 pm

i have try all step u give at there
n my pendrive can’t format too
help plz

patan mastan vali March 26, 2011 at 9:24 pm

I have tried the following:
- tried to format my 4gb transcend pendrive through low level format;
- tried through on line recovery tool of the manufacturer;
- regedit by keeping the “write protect” value as “0″
But could not succeed in emoving the write protection.

There are 3 folders which cannot be removed by all the above means

hatem March 28, 2011 at 10:22 am

thanx…. so very… much
work with me on my USB 64 GB
thanx…. so very… much

goutham March 31, 2011 at 11:57 pm

thank you…..

rafayKhan April 4, 2011 at 10:26 pm

i did all this step.. but stil i have problem

kumaran April 5, 2011 at 8:41 pm

thanks for your suggestion. really thanks man.

dhruva patil April 5, 2011 at 10:47 pm

none of them worked i tried even chkdisk but it says that this option is not available fo RAW devices
please help i’m trying 2 format my psp memory card …………………….pls reply

Zahra April 6, 2011 at 1:50 am

Thanks a lot.

Mark Binamira April 6, 2011 at 4:34 pm

dude! your the best :) thank you very much.

hitesh sethi April 7, 2011 at 9:14 pm

I’ve downloaded the batch file and added to registry and set the value to 0 also but problem is still not solved. My pen drive don’t have any write protection button, still it is showing this error.

Chetan April 9, 2011 at 12:50 pm

but m try to format my pendrive with HS2.0_utility but when i run start.bat it shows in cmd window device not found\n
but when i checked in My computer device is showing there?
so plz tell what is the problem?

Thanking You,

Atif April 12, 2011 at 6:30 pm

you gave the step to remove the write protection from pend rive but i did it but still my device not working and gives the same message you given above of write protection.Please help me…….
Thank you.

kartik April 12, 2011 at 8:15 pm

i cant find storage policies..wat to do..

Hairy Kiore April 15, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Bill… I was using a Lexor 4GB drive transferring files from one PC to another ..I had no problems with multiple transfers then suddenly with 4 files left on my last transfer I got the Write Protect notice..I have tryed everything …Now I downloaded the HARD DISK LOW LEVEL FORMAT TOOL …What happened was it got rid of 3 of the 4 write protected files and left one still on the drive…Thats it….I wonder if there are any other solutions ?? Thanks

hosein April 18, 2011 at 2:18 am



henry April 18, 2011 at 1:25 pm

i have same problem with Atif..please help

Jigme Tenzin April 20, 2011 at 11:40 am

i have tried your procedure to remove the write protected, however after restarting the PC and reconnecting the pendrive, the same problem exists. when i opened n tried to delete some files from the very pen drive, it says its write protected.How can i remove the write-protected from pendrive if such problems exists

DURGA PRASAD April 21, 2011 at 8:48 pm

I have 2 pen drives
Sony, Moserbaer
I have done the above process but i stil getting the same problem(WRITE PROTECT)
what to do
please send the suggestions to my mail

Kha April 22, 2011 at 6:12 am

I have tried all your instructions. But doesn’t works! :/! I think some strong virus in the USB blocks me

taisuke April 23, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Same happened on my USB Harddisk (JMB352 RAID-1 USB Device). None of the solutions worked but I removed HDD driver from Device Manager and then restart the machine solved the issue.

Mahaveer April 26, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Thanks a lot for your advice my pen drive is working fine.


Mahaveer V M

sravan April 27, 2011 at 11:37 am

I have a problem. is the same nothing has changed after install storage device polacy, and write protection. But can’t format my memory card plz give me the solution.

Rafsanjani April 27, 2011 at 2:56 pm

hello friends, i have a disk2go pendrive which is telling me that it is write protected. I initially had about 3Gb of files on it but they were only readable. I couldn’t delete or copy files to the pen drive either so i tried to format it. But windows tells me that, it is write protected and that i should use a different disk. I have tried various utilities but still wont work. Can anyone help me out. I would be very grateful and God would really bless whoever is willing to help.
Drive details:
size – 16Gb
model- disk2go silver

Nvidia Geforce Intel April 27, 2011 at 11:12 pm

Eject the Pen drive and put it back 6 times continuously or throw in a very force.This is to erase the current data.And THE Next time when you put it back windows will ask for format. It Will Surely fix the problem.I have tried.

rawr April 28, 2011 at 7:36 am

thnks helped a lot fixed problem in less than a min

Rohit April 28, 2011 at 5:12 pm


Abhishek April 29, 2011 at 9:35 am

hey m realy use all the thing that mension above bt it can’t work……… m not satisfied with that, is thee any othe process to remove write protected from my pendrive??
plz if that is possible the plz iforme me………

platonters April 29, 2011 at 4:23 pm

THNX it works :) ^__^v thank you so much

Tiby April 30, 2011 at 3:23 am

I booted Windows 7 on my usb flash drive 8gb and when i tryed to format,at the end it says ,,This disk is write protected”.So I search all post/forums/sites,i tryed every method without results.I’ve done first method from here,but not worked for my stick,at 2 method it’s write to me ,,device not found/n” and at the last method it’s write to me ,,The type of the file system is RAW/CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives”.I tryed with diskkill,onlinerecovery,etc. and not helped me.If someone have a new idea how to solve with write protection please tell me.Any advice is welcome.

Shakir April 30, 2011 at 8:40 am

i try the first step it didn’t work and now i don’t have an oppstion delete when i right click. i also tryed step 2 nothing happened with it.

jiduy April 30, 2011 at 10:46 am

it worked for my generic 2GB SD card but it didnt for my transcend 512mb card..thanks for the solution anyways,it was a big help!

Hiral May 1, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Still have the same problem………..please give me quick response with new solution……………

ja May 1, 2011 at 2:30 pm

i do this ways but problem also exist!!!!
plz help me

sahir May 1, 2011 at 8:24 pm

it easy all the problem..u can use hirence boot cd… then u chose mini linux at hirence boot cd… i can resolve this prblem easyly… ;))

jake May 5, 2011 at 8:18 pm

my usb has write protect and when i did your steps i put the value on (0) but still it has write protect please help message back or leave comment ^_^

Sharath May 6, 2011 at 5:49 pm

what ever you told in the step 2 i did the same thing but i could’nt find the write-protect option in the registry editor but it’s visible in the image that you displayed…how come???

Rohan Varghese May 7, 2011 at 2:34 pm

I tried lot of methods given in the net to remove write protection from my usb pen drive. Nothing has worked,and my pen drive still shows the error. Please suggest any other method to remove this error.My pen drive company is adata.I am using windows 7 operating system on my computer.

Rohan Varghese May 7, 2011 at 2:35 pm

I tried lot of methods given in the net to remove write protection from my usb pen drive. Nothing has worked,and my pen drive still shows the error. Please suggest any other method to remove this error.My pen drive company is adata.I am using windows 7 operating system on my computer.

Pravat May 9, 2011 at 12:47 pm

I do this method to remove write protection from my pen drive,
but my pen drive does not work properly and also the pen drive not formatted.

venkat May 10, 2011 at 11:21 am

I could not find write protecter in right side pane. still i have the problem.please help!

Oyagi May 11, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Allright, tried everything available in here and everywhere. It not working, but I find a simple step to at least ‘save’ the data
1. Eject the troublesome USB (right click, eject. Not safely remove)
2. Unplug it, and plug it again.
3. Try to copy/delete anything. If failed, try step 1-2 again. (I tried 7 times to succeed)

It not entirely fix the disk, but it ‘trick’ the disk protector, allow me to copy and delete file below 150 MB (disk protection still interrupt, thought)

If anyone can help for a full restore, tell me please

Transcend May 13, 2011 at 12:17 am

Thanks a lot dude. You rock. My USB is working just fine now.

Anup May 15, 2011 at 2:48 pm

I am just try and try no results are coming.Plz help me.

Jetmira May 15, 2011 at 10:58 pm

please how can I remove write protection from my usb. look I used all this methods that you write here but no it’s imposible. can you help me please

johne May 16, 2011 at 12:42 am

I cant put music on a cd cuz it says it write-protected how to remove it?
pls help i m tying to do that for a few week now

DEEPAN May 17, 2011 at 8:46 am

my cmd says
the type of file system is raw
chkdsk is not avilable for that.

help me .plz…….

Syed Safdar Ali May 20, 2011 at 5:12 pm

still message show ‘Media is write protected” . how i can rid this problem face by me.

Rajkumar May 21, 2011 at 7:10 pm

thank u boss with your suggestion i over come from my problem(write protect)…..

sharad verma May 22, 2011 at 1:23 am

thanks a lot..who ever gave the solution it really em..!!^_^…*~*…

Kelvin May 23, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Sir, actually ‘m using nokia 6303classic. Actually wat happened is my friend took my memory card to copy some photos while doing so he kept the password to my memory card in his cell and he gave me back and went his native. When i placed my memory card in my cell it asked password so i called up my friend and asked him the password. But i replyied that he has forgotten the password. So i need help in removing the password from my memory card plz sir. I beg u plss sir help me out in solving this problem.

Nitish May 25, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Hey friends its quite easy to remove write protected follow the steps mentioned below:
1: Download “mformat.exe from 4shared .com which is free of cost
2: Plug ur pendrive
3: Run m.format.exe
4: Click on format
5: Click on full format
6: Start
7: After formatting replug ur pendrive
8: Open pen drive
9: Delete mformat icon
10: Close the window nd format the pendrive

jenjen May 26, 2011 at 8:01 am

thank you thank you…. this solution really helped me….

ToadFootNS May 27, 2011 at 5:12 am

tried all methods, tried even more methods than this text offers, and couldnt do it! writing protection remained.. then i just inserted pendrive in another computer, and windows asked me to format it, so i did, and now i have working usb flash pendrive again!!! :D
So before u give up, or throw something somewhere, try inserting it into another computer…

anyway tnx for good advices, and good software…

akash May 27, 2011 at 12:52 pm

thanku brother
it really works

girish May 31, 2011 at 8:35 pm

thank you

Michael June 2, 2011 at 9:09 pm

HI I have Kingston 4 GB pendrive: regedit modification done, but still message is writeprotected :
after using CHKDSK X: /F returns message .. can not handle RAW ….

Michael June 2, 2011 at 11:02 pm


1.) Regedit Entry modified shows Value 0 —but still writeprotected
2.) HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool …write protected
3.) HDD low level Tool : Error …
4.) ONline Recovery Tool ( Jetflash) do no apply to Kingston pendrive
5.) mFormat.exe do not respond as well as FAT32format ………


dhaval June 3, 2011 at 4:04 pm

i downloaded and loaded the batch file but the option is not coming on the registery editor screen
please help

Girish Malavalli June 5, 2011 at 8:37 pm

I have 4GB Transacde Pen drive i try to 1st one.. but no one use… plz help me

jitendra kumar nath June 5, 2011 at 11:44 pm

please help about how to remove write protect pen drive problem

Harsh Reddy June 8, 2011 at 11:58 am

i have a 8GB Stontium Micro SD Card.
i tried to format it in Windows 7.. But its giving me a write-protected error.
The Card Adapter is in UNLOCK mode..
Still it is giving Write Protected Error…
I have tried abt 4-5 formatting tools.. nothing is working.
PLS HELP.. i have WINDOWS 7…

Harsh Reddy June 8, 2011 at 12:13 pm

the card is in RAW format…

pravin June 8, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Thanks, I had a problem of write protection on my pen drive, but now it is solved.

Ronak Jain June 9, 2011 at 10:44 pm

Really helpd me out..really thanxz…:)

Kapil soni June 10, 2011 at 11:18 pm

I have locked my some folder of 1 gb microsd memory card with a software but unfortunetly i delete that software and my files are not being displed in the memory card but the used memory not changed.
Please help me so that i can se my those files photos and songs

jimys June 12, 2011 at 1:53 pm

good job thanks alot !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! frome ALBANIA

Sujan June 16, 2011 at 11:37 am

I am using windows 7… and I have a 32 gb memory card which doesnot allow to either delete or copy any files… I followed ur procedure but the problem still persists…. What should I do… It’s urgent

nadome alex June 21, 2011 at 1:54 pm

the thing cannot just work……i need something else

anuruddha June 21, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Thanks for ur assistance.Im one of d readers who wer helpd by your article…

rashy June 22, 2011 at 12:14 am

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gideon June 23, 2011 at 2:54 pm

that’s not work in mine..
i put my flashdisk on the port, then in my computer i click on my flashdisk, but suddenly appears a box “this disk is not formated. do you want to format it?”. so i click yes, but appear another box like “this disk is write protected”..
what shoul i do???
please answer…………..

shahpoor June 25, 2011 at 9:36 am

that is wonderfull.It’s woooooooooooork

Sean Suzara June 26, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Hey ! thanks a Lot . Now I can copy Files in my USB Device.. I have a question, If I remove the write protected. The virus will attack ?

yagnesh June 26, 2011 at 1:43 pm

i have tried regedit n write protection value to 0 in xp but then also it is giving me same error while conecting pent drive to pc n this pent drive is working in another pc porfectly pls can any one help me to remove this error from pc

Futoon June 27, 2011 at 3:46 am

Well i’ve done all the steps , but the step before the last one ..
well i downloaded the registry key StorageDevicePolicies ..
but i couldnt find it

MUDIT June 27, 2011 at 6:02 pm

these method is not working
plz tell me other way out

Diddi June 28, 2011 at 3:14 am

Thank you so much…it works in one go!!!
Being struggling with this for more than a year until when i came across this page.

Thank You so Much

God bless YOU

laxman June 28, 2011 at 11:55 pm

thankyou it really works

Marina July 4, 2011 at 12:26 pm

I have tried everything and still we write protection occurs: ( Is there another way to solve this problem?

ovie ovuoka July 4, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Please i have done the stuff about USB writable in my system i love the steps you guys gave me and it was easy for me to do it myself. Please i still want to know about how i can make my bluetooth in my system work, i mean how can i connet my phone to my system.
I really need a reply cause its giving me so many problems. Thanks once again
This is my email address i will be grateful if you reply me with the solution.

prakash July 5, 2011 at 9:45 am

hi….after downloading add.bat storage device policy is not found in the registry…plz help

Rex July 10, 2011 at 2:32 pm

My case is similar to all above. My problem is : Unable to open regedit window. it vanishing after a sec.
2. CMD also vanishing after a sec.
3. I tried to booster my Reg edit , but I could not. Still My pen Drive is not get resolved proeblem.
Does any Security HardWare Engineer in the work? If yes then Please advice me to resolve the problem.

Pouya July 12, 2011 at 9:07 am

Dear friend
I had this problem since 8month ago and i use Lan(by another computer) to copy data on my flash or etc
Thank you very much

pradip July 12, 2011 at 11:01 am

i want remove write protection pen drive.

baba July 13, 2011 at 1:03 am

“wait till the formatting completes and the LED on your pen drive stops blinking”
thers no led on my pendrive ^^

sonny July 15, 2011 at 12:28 am

tnx i solved my problem very helpful

kiran July 15, 2011 at 11:03 pm

storagedevices r not found in my system ….
then what i do?

roquella July 18, 2011 at 3:54 pm

how to put the downloaded StorageDevicePolicies into the registry editor

Tapan tripathi July 18, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Great yr !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!i am really shoked!!!!!thanks

julian July 19, 2011 at 4:14 am

thanks man now i can mod all my games since it not write protected!!! all i had to do was physically unlock it with the button on the flashdrive

Isuru Amarathunga July 20, 2011 at 10:32 am

I’m using windows 7 and i tried every things you have mentioned above.
But my 2GB pen drive is still Write Protected.

Ibenk July 20, 2011 at 10:33 am

I’ve given up with my Flahdisk….
no one way can make my flashdisk get well…
help me please…

NIKITA KARWA July 20, 2011 at 12:38 pm

i m not getting storage device policy after downloading that file also……i hv also run that file but no use……plz rply fast….it’s too urgent……..

Rajesh July 20, 2011 at 12:47 pm

I tried all the above three method but no one could resolve the problem. pen drive is still giving the message “The disk is write protected”
Please suggest some other method.

Peter July 21, 2011 at 7:08 pm

Awesome thanks guys!!

FcBarcelonaKid July 22, 2011 at 2:59 am

I just recently bought a data cable for my phone. I hooked it up to the computer and dragged a picture (jpg) into the phone’s storage, not knowing that I would not be able to view the picture on my actual phone. Now the picture is write protected and I cannot delete. I used your first method but it still did not work. Please help.
- Thank you -

narendra747 July 22, 2011 at 10:45 pm

thank a lot sir
my pen drive works again

Dinesh July 23, 2011 at 7:18 pm

Still my device shows write protected error what is the solution…

sourabh July 26, 2011 at 1:56 am

grtttt mhan!!!!!!!!!!!my card reader which is inbuilt is actually workin………now i can transfer the files……….hatts offf

Jasmine July 26, 2011 at 7:50 am

I have a harddrive storage unit, G:/ that is denying me access. i want to copy the files on it and then format it, but it won’t let me copy the files. i might lose everything on there! please help. :c should i unplug it?

cozmo July 26, 2011 at 10:33 am

how do i know if the Apacer Formatting Utility is already running or working after I click any key the cmd.exe disappear,.

SRIDHAR July 27, 2011 at 7:53 pm

i cant remove write protection till now buy using all the above methods kindly help me to solve my problem

Usman July 28, 2011 at 3:25 pm

i have an 8GB kiston USB , but i’m not able to delete files from it or copy new files in it because it gives the write protected error plz tell me a viable solution to this problem.

shamsh July 30, 2011 at 11:30 am

i have a problem with my mmc 1gb memory card & this idea is not working.

john August 1, 2011 at 5:25 pm

You are GOD!!!!!

sandeep varma August 1, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Thanks dude it helpmed me a lot.

Naman Goel August 2, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Thanks a lot for helping me…

helbert August 3, 2011 at 6:08 am

When I use chkdsk to this problem, it says that chkdsk is not available for raw drives.

Parth Gosawami August 5, 2011 at 10:08 am

thanks bro this nice to help us thank u very much

waseem August 6, 2011 at 9:37 am

thanks ….

didi August 6, 2011 at 2:57 pm

thank u very much !

zoot August 8, 2011 at 5:50 am

hi..when i downloaded the add.bat nothing happened to the registry editor it didn’t apply…plz help..

shahbaz August 8, 2011 at 1:27 pm

i used above 3 methods but still my pendrive is write protected… plz help me

Mohammed anas August 8, 2011 at 9:12 pm

thanks… it actually worked for me

RAJEEV KUMAR August 11, 2011 at 8:40 pm

i can not copy paste from computer to memory card i apply many times your first method but same error write protection &use another disk ..plz plz help sir

vikram choudhary August 13, 2011 at 2:42 pm

though i have downloaded the batch file ,still the registry key StorageDevicePolicies doesnt appear in the director………………suggest some thing

Arun Singh August 14, 2011 at 11:57 am

u tell about remove write protection.
1st way was not working bcoz when i restart our system the build in setting was remove.
and 2nd way i am not understand.
please help me

kriz August 14, 2011 at 1:33 pm

OMG! It works! THANKS! :D

Phil August 14, 2011 at 1:57 pm

I have had this problem come up on 3 of my flash drives, 2 of which are SanDisk brand. The registry fix worked for the SanDisk drives but not the other. After reading through this thread I cannot believe this problem still persists after 3 years! (since the original post).

There *must* be an answer to this somewhere as it seems to affect a variety of media of different sizes. It suggests some undocumented quirk of Windows that has yet to be uncovered. I hope to solve this one some time soon…

VANDY August 14, 2011 at 7:19 pm


vinay August 15, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Its working.
Thank you very much.

purna August 15, 2011 at 2:04 pm

thnx a lot for your post

siva August 18, 2011 at 2:05 pm

i have write protection problem on my memory card i have searched on net to solve the problem but finally i solved it ……….. i have used an adapter in that the lock key is pressed then i released it then it works properly………… thank u

Dr Anoop Balan August 19, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Dear Trouble Fixers
I am having the same problem .I could not able to copy file from my PC to other External drives it shows “Cannot copy files and folders, drive is write protected” as per your recommendations i had solved the problem thanks and regards

RamBabu August 22, 2011 at 7:55 pm

when i double the add.dat file still storage device ploicies are not add in the adding it tell me pls.

RamBabu August 22, 2011 at 7:58 pm

if i double click in the ado.dat file but StorageDevicePolicies are not added to control.

IT_MAN August 23, 2011 at 8:24 am

Although there is one problem: I have hidden files.

In order to remove write protection, they must be unhidden (The hidden files do not get write protection removed through this process).
In order to UNHIDE the files “Please remove the write protection from…” error pops up again even after your ever so wonderful method

NOTE: Anthem USB 2.0 flash drive (with no physical lock)

VIJAY August 24, 2011 at 6:38 pm

excellent brother

GABRIEL GAN TEIK SEN August 25, 2011 at 7:26 am

why still cannot use? “write protected” how to disable it or remove it, i cannot do anything now
delete file also cannot, re-format also cannot, copy paste file also can’t what mush i do next!
i try what you suggest already but still not work

jjaap August 25, 2011 at 11:06 am

There is no StorageDevicePolicies key.
I dont know how to create it.hmmp:(

abhinav August 26, 2011 at 7:05 pm

after running a batch file also , i could’nt find a storage device polices key…..plz help me out….

shanth August 28, 2011 at 3:56 pm

after running a batch file also , i could’nt find a storage device polices key….n its telling to download a fresh copy as its got corrupted ..plz help me out.

dangercmadusaka August 30, 2011 at 11:41 am

thanks a lot of
my usb drive succesfully corectted using your method THANKS !

Mathews Khomera August 31, 2011 at 3:31 pm

I am trying to follow your procedure given but now, after following your procedure my laptop (PC) is not sending anything(data) to any usb flash or memory card connected to it. Please help! am failing to send a very important information on my usb flash.

vidya August 31, 2011 at 11:13 pm

i really really tnk u for ur instructions. i followed 2 of ur ways. but i could to be succeeded with 2nd way. wt ever at last i got it .so im thanking u sooo much 4 ur teaching.
tnk u soo much once again.

tan2x September 1, 2011 at 10:38 am

theres nothing happen to my USB CDR KING 8Gb….i want to format but the problem is write protected again and again

Shiraz September 2, 2011 at 3:42 am

Second method worked for me. I think the problem started when i used my flash drive on a Linux machine. It has been giving me problems ever since. I downloaded the apacer utility and ran it, but I couldn’t tell if the drive was formatting or not as the LED remained solidly lit at all times. I just gave it adequate time then removed it. Tried to reformat and it was ok. Before that, if I tried to format it gave me an error message that said the disk is write protected. Thanks for the assistance!!!

altaf September 2, 2011 at 5:27 pm

all steps tried lastly showing an error “The type of file system is RAW . CHKDSK IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR RAW DRIVES”
please give me kind solution.

Mithun Ghosh September 2, 2011 at 6:09 pm

i face same prob…………….its not solved by your methods……… i use Win 7………so please help me……… thanks……

Karan September 3, 2011 at 2:41 pm

by following all the above steps my memory card is still write protected.

deshan September 3, 2011 at 5:51 pm

i did as you said bt after doing it my pen started to dis play a nonification as “Plese insert a disk into drive G:.” So please help me to resolve this…..!!!!!!!

khalid September 4, 2011 at 11:00 pm

the bat file of HS2.0_Utility_LFormat is not working..tell me wat i have to do now..plzz

Abbas September 5, 2011 at 11:15 am

It’s working . . . . thank u very much . . . .

murty September 5, 2011 at 9:07 pm

I have faced the same problem and followed the above two procedures still it is not fixed .Is there any other solution ? please reply me

jhef September 5, 2011 at 9:57 pm

thankz pal ur the best!!!!! it works!!!

PRADEEP September 6, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Hi i try with both the steps . But still i’m getting same error “write protection ” . And i try to run CHKDSK D: /F this in command prompt . But there also i’m getting same error “write protection “.
Please help to resolve it.

Dinesh September 8, 2011 at 12:16 pm

I can not formate my micro sd card with my computer every time it tells the media is write protected. first remove write protection.

Dinesh September 8, 2011 at 12:18 pm

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Ravindra September 8, 2011 at 1:36 pm


MAHENDER September 8, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Boss there is no StorageDevice policy in my system. am using win-7(64 bit) OS.i tried in xp.its not working. can u tell one more way to remove WRITE-PROTECTED files.

RAMESH September 8, 2011 at 8:43 pm

din’t happend even after downloding the add.batch file. what i have to do

danindu September 9, 2011 at 9:03 am

hey i shows on the computer.but when tried to add some files of mine it says ” your disk is write-protected” so help!

hema September 9, 2011 at 1:52 pm

can’t files copy, paste , delete….I have faced the same problem and followed the above two procedures still it is not fixed .Is there any other solution ? please reply me

sandeep temkar September 9, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Yes I changed the number to “0″ and restarted my computer thrice however its still write protected.
Do we need to change the setting of pen drive as well in order to disable the write protection.

Champions pls help coz I am suffering by this problem for my two pen drives.

I would really appreciate the help.

Jim Chip September 10, 2011 at 5:21 am

Wow, same problem on win 7 – Sandisk Cruiser.
I ended up SPLITING the file in pieces and that worked.
Seemed on BIG files were the problem.
Still sucks tho.

vidhu September 14, 2011 at 8:50 am

still the same message is comming”write protected” is there any other solution……..?

irfan September 16, 2011 at 8:00 am

my memary card locked nokia3110c using mobali so how to remove password

Maddy September 16, 2011 at 6:41 pm

its not working boy

ghostie September 19, 2011 at 8:35 pm

hey, i tried the first one, because i can’t really copy paste the files anywhere, literally….
and when i download that batch, umm “StorageDevicePolicies”, i click run and it doesn’t work, i managed to read what that black screen said, one of the lines was “Access denied”

Nouman September 22, 2011 at 1:29 am

I tried the afore-mentioned solution to remove write protection out of my memory card but the write protection option in the registry editor is not added or listed. Therefore, the solution has proved sufficient for the remedy of my problem. Looking forward for a positive response.

suyash mandowara September 22, 2011 at 7:33 pm

I had created created systemdevicepolicies aslo but the write protection option is not showing there.What should i do now ?

john September 24, 2011 at 6:07 am

tnx a lot :)) God bless :))

shahid September 25, 2011 at 2:53 pm

thank you so much for my help.

joey September 25, 2011 at 4:29 pm

i can’t download the batch file. the link won’t view any.

محسن September 26, 2011 at 1:56 am

help for remove write Protected on Flsh memory

Syed Ahmad September 26, 2011 at 5:53 pm

My usb drive is not working due to write protection .I have been been applied all above methods but problem is same.Plz solve my problem as soon.



Mahnaz September 28, 2011 at 2:15 am

thanks a lot. It was a useful article.

Cherie September 29, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Same problem as everyone else, the batch file once downloaded and run does not create the key for storageDevicePolicies

Cherie September 29, 2011 at 8:52 pm

For those who are having trouble with the batch file, if it doesnt appear go to edit-> find -> type in storagedevicepolicies and you will be directed to the folder to continue

Michael October 5, 2011 at 2:54 pm

my cool disk has this problem. first way was not useful and when used 2nd way, the answer was this:
CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives.

What should I do?

nazal October 8, 2011 at 1:04 am

thanx soooooo match

cacang October 8, 2011 at 8:04 am

.all the solutions u said didn’t work with my flash drive..Its still saying write protected..

Anik October 8, 2011 at 3:02 pm

The articles seems perfectly justified’ yet the viruses in the flash drive just seemed to persistent. So here’s what i did-
I downloaded the online repair option (for transcend users only) and It seemed to do the trick!! Try it or the equivalent of your flash drive.

Gudboy October 9, 2011 at 8:55 am

Hey man. I tried the cmd prompt trick but says the drive is copyright protected. Also the software takes ages but doesnt format the drive. The registry is also not working. I out of luck man. Mine is PQI brand. PLeASSe Help!

raju October 12, 2011 at 5:07 pm

I have a 4gb kingstone pendrive
and tried all above tricks but still error comes
Please help me..

Regis Rajendh October 12, 2011 at 8:57 pm

It works. Thanks a lot for the info. Keep it up.

Fitri October 14, 2011 at 5:45 pm

it does’t work for me..any other solution?????plezzzz

Shabeer October 14, 2011 at 11:31 pm

Awwsume!!!! It works…. thanx alot for the one hu tote at the first place, and also the ones hu helped thru commenting.!!! that helped alot!!! thanx folks! :)

by the way, People… if u dont get it right, if u still have the problem, all i tell u is that, GO THRU THE COMMENTS!!!!!!!!!!! ALL THE COMMENTS, FROM TOP TO BOTTOM!!!!! IT WILL HELP YOU ALOT FOR SURE!!!!!!

kiran October 15, 2011 at 6:36 pm


Dilshan October 16, 2011 at 10:25 am

ohhhhh Thanks Thnx Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks A Lotttt

jamaica October 16, 2011 at 12:09 pm

i have still a problem i can’t find the StorageDevicePolicies even though i download it…..PLAESE HELP ME….!!!:(

BJ October 17, 2011 at 2:59 am

Thanks, your first suggestion worked even without restarting the PC.

scj October 19, 2011 at 10:12 am

hi thanks to this site, it helps me, just wana say thanks a lot.

manav October 20, 2011 at 8:49 pm

thanx a lot friend…

nand October 21, 2011 at 12:34 am

any other solution right protected pan drive acssec.

Dilip October 21, 2011 at 1:09 am

when we are use a Pen drive.. sometime we can’t paste or delete any content. it will say write protected. this will happen by virus attack. if we try to format the pen drive through any OS( windows, Linux), we can’t format it. it will say unmount volume in Linux. we can only read the items which are in pen drive. if we scan the pen drive with any anti-virus program it will find some viruses(sometime). but it can’t heal the viruses. so, how can format the pen drive… if anyone know pls reply…
Note:- if this happen to any pen drive it will create “open as a portable disk” in the right click menu.
so, tell me how to format those pen drives

Dilip October 21, 2011 at 1:11 am

when i try to format that pen drive it says…
device media is write protected.
so, what can i do?
there is no any lock switch. it is a pen drive not a player.
and also there is no any security or lock software in that pen drive. it’s a virus problem. i have got two pen drive with this problem.
so, what can i do?

Freind October 21, 2011 at 1:15 am

the usb is write protected Plz Get me Solution

Marcos October 21, 2011 at 1:51 am

this was very helpful thanks .

geesara October 24, 2011 at 7:32 pm

it so wonderfull..dear………………….. i deeply indepted to you……………..

Anna Leah October 26, 2011 at 1:16 pm

thanks… very useful really help me alot…:)

chay October 26, 2011 at 1:39 pm

tnx for help….now i can enjoy again using my flash drive.

donna October 27, 2011 at 4:02 pm

thnxx so mucch it worked !:D

Adel October 28, 2011 at 3:00 pm

The HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies
only for 32 bit not for the 64 bit (VISTA)

jayanth November 1, 2011 at 12:45 pm

thanks a lot
for giving me this valuable suggestion

Prince Daniel November 6, 2011 at 7:27 pm

when i’m downloading the batch .bat file, it is automatically downloaded to .exe format .. plzz… give me the correct link of .bat file so as to add registry……

chamali November 7, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Hi In windows 7 there is no Storage Device policies.Only policies are available and no bat file are install, tell me how i install the bat file.

toufic November 7, 2011 at 9:14 pm


I have try all three method but still my pen drive shows WRITE PROTECTED.


nemo November 9, 2011 at 6:22 am

Thank you so much!!!! The first method works perfectly to remove the write protection from my flashdrive!!
So for those of you who is having trouble locating the Storage Device Policies, you could try saving the add.bat file onto your desktop and then run it as adminstrator. You should have no trouble locating it afterward and just follow the steps given above.
Hopefully this will help some of you!!! :)

Gopal November 9, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Absolutlety perfect method u described. Well done !!! I come out from the write protection problems.

david November 10, 2011 at 12:38 pm

I successfully format back my pen drive ( write protected) after use your steps. Thank you very much.

D November 12, 2011 at 10:36 pm

Hi guys! Don’t forget, if you are using a memory card, that some of them have a little “switch” on the side for locking so just slide it up and it will work perfectly! It’s what I did and it worked after half an hour of brainstorming!
Good luck!

Nicky November 14, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Perfect! Brilliant! This worked exactly as it states above. Thanks cos I thought i would’ve had to buy 2 new flash drives

Christine > Yuuki Cross November 16, 2011 at 10:11 pm

1. Right-click HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrrentControlSet\Control\ and select(right click) New -> Key.
2. Enter the name StorageDevicePolicies.
3. Click on the new registry key StorageDevicePolicies and on the right pan right-click, select (right click)New > DWORD and give it the name WriteProtect.
4. Double click on it and set its value to 0.(Choose Hexadecimal)
5. Ok. (^^)b

tahnayia November 17, 2011 at 5:32 pm

yhanks yous helped alot now i can use my usb xoxo

irfan November 17, 2011 at 8:55 pm

thank’s keep it up

very useful

Danushka November 18, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Thank u very much…… It’s working……..

uzu November 19, 2011 at 6:22 pm

man u d best yaar….solved ma prblm

shashi pratap November 22, 2011 at 11:39 am

hello sir,
i m using window 7,I m having an memory card and it is giving an error that is write protected.
Sir, i hv gone through ur way bt still i m facing same problem, if there is any other way then please tell me, i mwaiting for ur response.

VISHAL November 24, 2011 at 1:37 pm


Kathleen November 25, 2011 at 11:34 am

what is HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies? How to create?
plz help me…

Mani Nair November 25, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Oyagi May 11, 2011 at 9:11 pm
Allright, tried everything available in here and everywhere. It not working, but I find a simple step to at least ‘save’ the data
1. Eject the troublesome USB (right click, eject. Not safely remove)
2. Unplug it, and plug it again.
3. Try to copy/delete anything. If failed, try step 1-2 again. (I tried 7 times to succeed)

It not entirely fix the disk, but it ‘trick’ the disk protector, allow me to copy and delete file below 150 MB (disk protection still interrupt, thought)

If anyone can help for a full restore, tell me please


I tried all methods in this thread but failed many time i.e. morethan a month.
But, finallyI tried the above step of “”"”"”"”"”OYAGI”"”"”"”"”.

It was miracle for me. It worked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

Infact I though of it many time becuase my pen drive got write protected due to power failure when it was writing something to it, but I did’nt. Any way thanks. Other’s may also try.

Ooi November 26, 2011 at 9:11 am

Fantastic fix. Clear, simple, effective (for my case)
Query! I have an updated Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 installed.
Why my registry still got hacked?
Better than Kaspersky?

anil chaudhari November 28, 2011 at 5:46 pm

Thank you very much for solving my problem.Copy write protected has been removed from usb

schin Patil November 30, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Thanks for your Perfect solution its working on my PC. !st solution is very helpful for me.

jahja December 1, 2011 at 8:17 pm

it worked perfectly, I was about to format the whole windows for this problem, thnx

NAYAK December 4, 2011 at 6:21 pm



BALRAM PRASAD December 5, 2011 at 4:09 pm

my pendrive is in write protected mode…kindly help me

Joel December 5, 2011 at 4:43 pm

I tried to remove the write protected through the cmd, but it came out saying ‘The type of the file system is RAW. CHKDSK is not available for RAW drivers’. I had also tried to reformat it through Apacer Formatting Utility but it came out ‘Device not found’. I had also tried this : HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies, and found the WriteProtect file but the value is already 0 although I have run the add.bat.


sameer December 5, 2011 at 11:31 pm

I have a 4 gb pendrive but it is write protected you get the solution but the solution has not been completed yet because in the run command the regedit type then storage device not found please give me another method to remove the write protection of pendrive.

rajesh December 6, 2011 at 10:18 am

thanks for sharing solution

Remove Write Protection On USB Pen Drive or Memory

working properly

Nithin December 7, 2011 at 9:57 am

Thanks man…………..Its working

ehugene_014 December 7, 2011 at 11:31 am

I tried it but it doesn`t work..???

Ajit December 7, 2011 at 9:35 pm

step 1 is not working n in step 2.. its showing

C:\Documents and Settings\Ajit\Desktop\HS2.0_Utility_LFormat>pen2pref.exe
Device Not Found/n
C:\Documents and Settings\Ajit\Desktop\HS2.0_Utility_LFormat>pause
Press any key to continue . . .

n in 3rd step

C:\Documents and Settings\Ajit>CHKDSK I: /F
The type of the file system is FAT32.
Windows cannot run disk checking on this volume because it is write protected.

plzz help

Jamal Ahmed December 9, 2011 at 3:20 pm

I’m using win 7 when i tried to format my memory card it is showing “THE DISC IS WRITE-PROTECTED”
And used ‘auto format’ tool from transcend. It also showing write protected,
and i saw the post in this site.
I need a steps to windows seven…..

pjthunderscrew December 11, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Thanks for the tip.I used Start….Run…..cmd…..Then typed CHKDSK X:/F.worked a treat.

umer December 11, 2011 at 9:27 pm

i had followed all the instructions captioned above but no result and i have the same problem. there is a error again write protected

Thobias December 11, 2011 at 11:22 pm

I still find a problem on how to creat the word “StorageDevicePolicies” and add it to registry, please I ask you to help me. thanks I wish you all the best.

darshan December 13, 2011 at 3:27 pm

my pen drive is not disply on not my computer scen!!!!!!!!!!!!!
plz.ask on my Q. for ANS.plz.plz.plz.

iddaxue December 14, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Thanks. It really works. (thumbs up)

SANDY December 14, 2011 at 6:26 pm

my 4gb scandisk micro sd has got write protected plz help d abv methods nt working
i can copy my files frm d card
but cannot write on card

vikas December 14, 2011 at 11:40 pm

thanks ………it works ……..2nd method

abhinav December 17, 2011 at 12:14 am

friendz….in my case too no solutions worked then i went for online solutions provided by the company d flash drive u r using… will surelly try….

pankaj December 18, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Hy i have removed write protection from my usb but it cannot formatted in fat32 or ntfs type

vijay December 25, 2011 at 12:25 pm

my laptop not having that storagedevices option on regedit

Mohammad Arman December 25, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Lots of thanks bro.. thanks..

rubba December 26, 2011 at 8:30 pm

thanks alot ……..
it wrks…………..

babu mistry December 27, 2011 at 3:16 pm

i have done the regedit but still its not working i dont know what could be the problem please help me out anyone!

NeVerMind December 27, 2011 at 6:38 pm

I have a problem, please help!
My flash drive have write protection,what is that?? How to remove this???

reva December 27, 2011 at 10:38 pm

thanks buddy, the 1st one was working well for me at least

SHAURYA December 30, 2011 at 1:11 pm

thank u very much
the third process worked out for me
really thanx

Arpit Jaiswal December 31, 2011 at 11:49 pm

Well, if you’ve got a Windows Xp CD or DVD, then your problem is solved.
Just format the drive using the format option provided in the Windows Setup.
Here are the steps:
1) Insert the CD or DVD along with the affected USB drive or other media.
2) Boot your computer through the windows setup
3) When the choice appears to choose the drive in which windows is to be installed, the setup provides the option of formatting the drive. Choose your infected drive, and format it.
4) There’s no fourth step. Your problem is solved. Just stop the setup as your disk is formatted.
Happy New Year everyone.
Happy To Help!

sajin January 2, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Sir i can’t format or delete the contents from my SanDisk pendricve[FAT 32 file system].I done all the steps that you mentioned.Kindly please help me.

nagarjuna reddy.akkem January 4, 2012 at 1:18 pm

thanks for giving me this information.

twana January 6, 2012 at 11:38 pm

Thnak you very very

nitin airy January 7, 2012 at 12:45 pm

it is not worked

ram January 7, 2012 at 2:05 pm

thaks pa…………thank u so much

hjdbfdf January 8, 2012 at 2:56 am

Oh thanks so much!!!! Very good article.

Dr. Nathim January 9, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Than you very much dear
God bless you.

jLux January 10, 2012 at 11:12 am

To everyone trying the solutions offered in the original post: To create the new key in the regedit, if you don’t have this key you must make one. Scroll as far as: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\, In the upper left hand corner, go to “edit” select “New” > “Key” hit enter. Then rename it “StorageDevicePolicies. Download and Run the Batch File called “add.bat” posted in the directions provided in the original post at the very top of this page. Check the value is “0″, if not change it to “o”
This SHOULD at least allow you to copy the files on the disk/card/pen drive/whatever, to a folder on your computer somewhere you choose so that you can then right click on the drive and reformat said drive. Then go into the drives’ Properties and change the Security settings so that the desired user(s) can access it in the future. Then change the Sharing settings as well, to something that suits your needs.
If all the info provided here and above does not work, then your drive has become corrupted, or is defective. There is not much more that can be done in the way of settings being reconfigured, to address the problem.
You can try the FREE Program, “Recuva” made by Piriform, the same people who make cCleaner & DeFraggler. It will help you recover files “trapped” on the damaged drive. As long as the drive shows up as a valid drive, you can recover lost or deleted files from it using ‘Recuva”
Hope I can help someone, J

Lifa January 10, 2012 at 10:29 pm

well thanks to the team it worked hey, I was to stupid to toggle the switch physical on the USB!

me2u2jb January 13, 2012 at 7:48 am

I just want to add my thanks to such a clear well-organized and most importantly effective solution. I learnt a lot and appreciate your help in fixing corrupted files on a USB that prevented their deletion or drive reformatting.

Mike January 14, 2012 at 1:45 am

If none of the above works ( minus the reformat cause you have important stuff)

I tried letting the USB do the recommended scan when you first plug the USB in. This allow it to check if there is any error etc…

After awhile no error came up for me, which then allowed me to put stuff back on.

john January 16, 2012 at 10:20 am

thanks. the batch files did the trick..i have to bookmark this page!

Deepak kumar dash January 16, 2012 at 3:37 pm

ur sit much helpful buddy……..plz never discontinue it…….thankxxxxxxxx buddy

Prince January 18, 2012 at 4:16 pm

oh!! it dose’nt works….plzz help

Robs January 19, 2012 at 12:43 pm

I tried the firs option and it didn’t solve the problem.

pradeep January 20, 2012 at 9:58 am

this process is work properly…………

KANCHAN KORA January 22, 2012 at 6:06 pm


ANUJ KUMAR January 23, 2012 at 1:57 pm

i have tried all you given tricks

but it’s useless i have Kingston 2GB

pendrive please reply me soon…..

friendios January 24, 2012 at 4:03 pm

thx alot, no website help but this one

alhilu January 25, 2012 at 5:08 pm

thanks man, my problem solved with the CHKDSK X: /F solution..
really thanks, and thanks a lot

Rohit February 1, 2012 at 2:41 pm

yes i did properly the option to remove write protection but i m still getting msg from my memory card n pend drive is write protect, is there any other option to remove it??????????
pls reply me,

Azizul Haque February 1, 2012 at 9:00 pm

Hi, Please help me.
I have tried all of the methods even tried to format the device according your provided instruction but it can’t format and show a message that the device is write protected.

But why?
I am frustrated with the pen drive so please help me.

BHADRESH February 4, 2012 at 4:11 pm


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harsha February 6, 2012 at 3:57 pm

it really works
thank u very much………

maruti February 6, 2012 at 9:24 pm


Joseph February 7, 2012 at 10:48 pm

I tired by using regedit but not workin in my usb plz tell anotherway way

kakisha February 8, 2012 at 4:26 pm

please help mee!!!! i have sandisk cruzer edge and my problem is write protection , i can not format it i try evrithing but not helful please help how i can remove write protection

Ammar February 8, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Thank You Very much.
finaly i have to solved my problem.

Brigade Debbarma February 9, 2012 at 9:20 pm

I have install an “add” as recommended, but still i am not getting storagedevicepolicy. please help me.

Corey H February 10, 2012 at 7:15 am

I tried all three methods listed above. I had already tried adding the registry key with regedit. I have done that on 2 seperate computers with no results on either. I attempted to use Apacer Formatting Utility, but I get the message,
“Device Not Found/n
Press any key to continue. . .”
It exsist the command prompt as soon as I press any key. I tried several times and the same thing happend.
I also tried downloading the HDD Low Level Format Tool, but when I ran the program and selected my disk there was a message where the details should be, “Details are unavailable for this device” I run, “FORMAT THIS DEVICE” and hit okay when it warns me that all my data will be lost. While it is running it gives me hundreds of messages, “2/9/2012 3:59:28 PM Format Error Occurred at offset 37158912 19 – The media is wrte protected” Obviously the date and offset changed as it continued. I tried 5 times on a windows 7 computer and once on a Windows XP. The same result occured with both. And odly enough the serial number listed in the low level format tool program was 000000 although I don’t know if this is relevant.

Any more suggestions? I still am unable to remove the write-protection, and even unable to format my flash drive.

roger February 11, 2012 at 1:46 am

Thank you buddy great job, keep it up :)

surabhi February 11, 2012 at 10:59 pm

thanxx a lot yaar….. i was trying to copy my files in mem crd r about 2 days.. u saved me…
thnxxxxxxxxxxxx……………. :D

rana February 12, 2012 at 10:37 pm

thnk dude for ur help u have clear my headache

tatex February 13, 2012 at 12:43 pm

why it doesn’t work on my MICRODIA FK 4gb. I change it to 0(zero) nothing happens

Anup February 15, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Thanks. It works with the registry script.

Suresh Kumar February 15, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Soo many thanx for solve my problem………………..

thanks a lot dear……..

M. Mahmoud February 18, 2012 at 7:56 pm

i had followed all these steps, but im still facing same problem

krunal b Patel February 18, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Thanks a lot for your kind advise….lock was their on my adaptor.

viswanadh February 21, 2012 at 12:34 pm

i created that systemRestorePolicises and I set the value as 0 and i restarted my computer and then i tried to format my hp pendrive which is showing that the disk was write protected. Now it is showing windows was unable to fromat your disk. Please post an answer for this.

mohamed ashif February 22, 2012 at 7:13 pm

i have still problem please help me please answer me soon

WhiteVista February 23, 2012 at 11:27 pm

Hello. If the storage that your use is SD memory card, try to slide the lock slider to the lock postion. When the slider is in lock position, the write protection will not be a problem!

sravani March 3, 2012 at 8:29 am

iam unable to rectify the problem
plssssssssss help meee

tamás March 5, 2012 at 12:23 am

Thanks! The batch file and then setting to 0 helped, indeed!

Shruthish March 6, 2012 at 1:05 pm

guys thats awesome

chresna March 8, 2012 at 9:00 am

still can’t fix my pendrive..

event after i do chkdsk x:/f

then appear message “windows cannot run disk checking on this volume because it is write protected”

any other solution guys..??

dX March 8, 2012 at 7:03 pm

hi! just wanna say something that I hope would help. I experienced this kind of problem with my generic flash drive (32 GB) and fix the problem by doing the following:

WARNING!!! This will delete all data in your flash drive so back-up first…if it could still be done.
STEP 1: Insert your flash drive on the USB port and take note of the label(i.e…e:, f:, or g:)
Let us assume that your flash drive is drive F: which is my case.
STEP 2: Reboot your PC/Laptop and while it booting, press F8 to bring boot menu and select to
boot in Safe Mode with Command Prompt.
STEP 3: On the Command Prompt, navigate to your flash drive. (In this case, F:) Type in F: and you will be inside your flash drive.(or copy the following: F:\>format f:) You then will be presented with a choice and always choose yes. After the process, you will be informed that your flash drive is unusable but don’t worry, this will only remove the format of your flash drive. Now reboot…
STEP 4: Format your flash drive and VOILA! Problem solved!! Your flash drive should be good as new…..:P

Paul Jones March 12, 2012 at 10:49 pm

I was trying to add songs to an iPod and was running in to this same issue. Here’s how I resolved it:

Hit the start button
Type regedit
Navigate to this location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies
Double click the ‘WriteProtect’ file
Change the ‘Value data’ field to 0

If it shows a 1, I believe that means it is write protected.

Hopefully it works for you guys to!

Vikrant Sharma March 13, 2012 at 1:03 am

i am using window 7 and i m not found the last path “StorageDevicePolicies”

Plz Help me

anshio March 13, 2012 at 8:32 am

wow……….. thanks alot,,,,,,,,,,,, its working………………….


merlin March 13, 2012 at 6:46 pm

tanx alot

martin March 15, 2012 at 2:03 am

for me my usb have a lock buttom i can push up to lock the files. i cant belive i didnt relalize that

Othman March 15, 2012 at 2:39 pm

i’m having the same kind of a problem on my flash disk, ‘ve follewed the whole procedures but still couldn’t find the solution… i think this is all about a certain terrible virus and needs to be destroyed by a strong anti-virus

raghu March 16, 2012 at 10:23 pm

great thanks…

asd_bey March 17, 2012 at 4:31 pm

KILL ME IF THIS DOESN’T WORK……!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



2) Type “UAC” in the search box found the top right corner of ur screen

3) click the USER ACCOUNT CONTROL SETTING and drag the marker to the BOTTOM and click OK. (u can change it to the default position after u r done)

4)click this link

5) just fill some info and download it.
(select SOFTWARE in the TYPE box and JETFLASH ALL SERIES in the PRODUCT drop down list box)

7) Extract the file and double click it.




bob March 18, 2012 at 5:05 am

hi, I have a software which allows me to install it but after, I cannot run the program, it asks at START the license which is on the USB key ( I haven’t this USB key)… please, anyone, any ideas…

Ruffelsralte March 18, 2012 at 9:14 pm

I can’t do it.

Krushna March 19, 2012 at 10:45 am

Didnt worked already i have 0 in my registry

SHAMS March 20, 2012 at 11:26 am

USB Problem write-protect March 13, 2012 at 11.00 am
i created that systemRestorePolicises and I set the value as 0 and i restarted my computer and then i tried to format my hp pendrive which is showing that the disk was write protected. Now it is showing windows was unable to fromat your disk.
ALL The above methods did not work for me. My USB is: 16-gig A-Data USB FLASH DISK. When I try to access it, it says “you need to format your disk” or something like that. then when I try to format it, it STILL SAYS “cannot be formatted because disk is WRITE-PROTECTED! this is so frustrating.. HELP!!!…

g March 22, 2012 at 12:19 pm

thk u!!!

divij March 23, 2012 at 11:21 am

problem still exists

Renukeswar March 24, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Iam not able to see the Storage Resources option so i tried to download the add.bat , but still the option is not coming .when i try to run add.bat it just opens a window and closes.
what to do

don pryme March 24, 2012 at 6:50 pm

i have d same problems but dont make a head or tail of ur solutions. u guys mind breaking it down for me

dhrub March 25, 2012 at 5:45 pm

asd_bey@ thank you very much……………………… thank u thank u thank u….

Bauer March 25, 2012 at 8:44 pm

i use Run –> CMD –> format X: Wher “X” is letter ur pendrive, mp3 player, SDcard etc.

Kwadwo March 29, 2012 at 4:00 pm

I keep getting this message whenever I try to save a file to my usb device:

“Windows- Delayed Write Failed
Windows was unable to save all the data for the file J:. The datat has been lost. This error may be caused by a failure of your computer hardware or network connection. Please try to save this file elsewhere.

Rohit March 29, 2012 at 6:13 pm
haroon March 29, 2012 at 8:56 pm


Amber_K March 31, 2012 at 8:41 am

My computer say add.bat file is not a reistry file && cannot be added. What do I do know? Ha ha

Bharathi March 31, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Thank You a lot Gopinath…Ur Second Solution Helped Me a lot….Thank You once again

aparna March 31, 2012 at 2:28 pm

For easy….try this…a simple one…run the file in following link

Nana April 2, 2012 at 4:25 am

none of the processes worked for me, does it have to do with the fact im using 64 bit operating system

Bali April 3, 2012 at 8:05 pm

every flash drive i insert to my laptop it says write protected but on my friends computer it doesnt say that/doesnt show any write protection.My laptop is DELL inspiron 1545 with win 7home do i fix this

ser April 4, 2012 at 3:48 pm

I am unable modify the vale of write protect
cannot edit protect : error writing the value’s new contents

rajeev April 5, 2012 at 12:11 pm

all pendrives on my laptop show write protection is on & i cannot send or delete any files to/from them though they can be read. none of the pendrives have a write protection switch. can anyone suggest any solution?

Imran Ahmed April 9, 2012 at 12:30 am

thnx. problems being fixed

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